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Chelone glabra - Turtlehead

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Clay

Height: 3-4 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Taproot, Rhizomatous

Habitat: Moist Meadows, Floodplains, Wetlands

Landscape uses: Pond, Wet Meadow, Natural gardens, Deer and rabit resistant 

Wildlife Value: Bumblebees and butterflies visit the flowers for nectar. Ruby throated humingbirds also visit these flowers. Host Plant: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: C(120), F


Photo credits: #1 by Superior National Forest, #3/4 by Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Chelone glabra - Turtlehead

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  • Turtlehead is named for its pretty white blossoms which resemble a turtle head poking out from its shell. Bumblebees have the strength to get into the flower, and are the main pollinator of this flower. Some bees that can't get into the flower will chew a hole in the rear of the flower to access the nectar. They may also attract the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. This is a classic wetland and riparian plant, but does well in residential gardens if it is watered during dry spells.

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