Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) kee-LO-nay GLAB-rah

Other Names Chelone glabra (NGN), Chelone glabra 1 Gal., Chelone g. Leiderhosen
Family Plantaginaceae

A fall blooming perennial, turtlehead gets its common name from the blossoms that resemble the shape of a turtle’s head with its mouth partly open. There are 6 species in the genus Chelone, all of which are native to North America. The genus name comes from Chelone, a nymph in Greek mythology who was punished for by the gods by turning her into a turtle. The plants are also occasionally referred to as shellflowers. They are typically found in bogs, swamps, along streams or in moist woods.

Named Cultivars Chelone glabra 'Black Ace', Chelone glabra 'Leiderhosen'
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Mature Size 24 - 36 inches tall. 18 - 30 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet: turtlehead grows best when it gets regular water,
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Fillers, Good for Cut Flowers, Grown for Attractive Foliage, Illinois Native, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Showy Flowers, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period August to October
Flower Color White With Pink Tinge
Animals That Use It


Data Sheets
   In the Landscape Focused on the Plant Leaves Flowers Fruit Fall Leaf Winter Form

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