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Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)

Chelone obliqua Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Chelone obliqua kee-LO-nay ob-LEE-kwah Common Name: Turtlehead Genus: Chelone
Turtlehead is an excellent, sturdy, vertical perennial with rounded stems, medium texture and deep-green, boldly veined leaves on short stalks. Weather-resistant flowers are dark pink or purple, borne in short, dense, terminal spikes. The flowers are tubular 2-lipped blooms, with a sparse yellow beard inside each lower lip.
Noteworthy characteristics: Blooms for at least 4 weeks and will continue into late summer with deadheading. Great mid-border plant.
Care: Grow in partial shade with moist soil. Will grow in dense shade, or even in full sun if soil is soggy. Tolerates heavy clay soils and will also grow in a bog garden.
Propagation: From seed in early spring. Divide in spring. Root soft-tip cuttings in late spring or early summer.
Problems: Prone to powdery mildew, rust, fungal leaf spots, and damage from slugs and snails.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium to Wet
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Waterside
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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