• Plant Type: Perennial
• Sunlight: Sun, Part Sun
• Soils: Average, moist
• Bloom Time: White flowers in August
• Size: 2-4 feet in height
White Turtlehead is named for its distinctive flowers which are said to resemble a turtle’s head. It is mostly pollinated by bumblebees. In the wild, flower color can vary from pink to green. The vibrant Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) is often found in retail nurseries; however, this species of turtlehead is introduced to New England and is native to southeastern states. It appreciates a good, composted leaf mulch, particularly in sunny locations. A good choice for a rain garden.
Red Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor), and Coastal Plain Joe-pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium)
• Nectar source for hummingbirds and bumblebees
• Host plant for various species of moths and butterflies
Occurs along shores of lakes, swamps, and wetland edges.