Turtlehead

Chelone obliqua

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)
kee-LO-nay ob-LEE-kwah
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.

Overview

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 Yarrow,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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