Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

White Turtlehead

Chelone glabra
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

2 to
4
feet

Spread:

2 to
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
4
feet
Spread: 2 to
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
4
feet
Spread: 2 to
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Rain gardens, bog gardens, butterfly and pollinator gardens that are suitable for marsh milkweed and other moisture-loving species.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Full sun, Turtlehead prefers moist soil and is tolerant of very wet conditions. Adaptable to ordinary garden soil. Can be "pinched" to reduce height through the early summer.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Creamy white snapdragon like flowers in tight heads at the top of the plant give a fresh display in late summer (August and September). Flowers resemble a turtle’s head. Attractive shiny dark green foliage really sets of the flowers and creates a good backdrop for earlier flowering plants. The major host of the Baltimore butterfly (when within butterfly species’s range) — a large black butterfly with white and orange spots.

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