Chelone glabra

Growing Information

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.

Garden Companions

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)

Nature Benefits

• Nectar source for hummingbirds and bumblebees
• Host plant for various species of moths and butterflies

Native Habitat

Occurs along shores of lakes, swamps, and wetland edges.

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