Chelone glabra

Common name: Turtlehead

Native plant

Typically found in wet prairies and woodland edges, Turtlehead is an excellent choice for part shade areas and can even tolerate some flooding. Cream colored flowers emerge in tight racemes at the tips of the plant, and oddly resemble a turtle's head.  A late bloomer, flowers emerge on this plant at the end of summer to early fall, and last for about a month.  While bumblebees are the most common visitors to this plant, it also attracts the occasional hummingbird.


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Perennial- Standard
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Flat of 18 (pints)


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Moist Woods, Savannas

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Green


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Rain garden suited

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