October 2013 Newsletter (vol.22)   >>   Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month

Turtle Head
Chelone glabra


This fun flowering perennial gets its name from the shape of its flowers, which resembles the head of a snapping turtle. This plant puts on a show late summer through fall until frost in either pink or white. The deep green foliage and linear leaves create a nice blanket for either mass plantings or individual pops. Chelone does prefer to have moist soils and the 3ft plant will fill in nicely with sun or shade conditions. The flowers will attract butterflies in your garden, or look great in a vase.  After frost, simply cut back to the ground and in the spring the foliage will return fuller, and ready to bloom again late in the season.





Chelone Lyonii Hot Lips – 86MA72 (page 55)