Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
24-36 in. H X 18-24 in. W
White to pinkish-white in mid to late summer; snapdragon-like; two-lipped; tight, spike-like clusters on ends of stems
Bloom Time Notes:
Dark green; lance shaped; coarsely toothed, opposite arrangement.
Bees are the primary pollinators and benefit from the summer nectar/pollen.
Moist woods; swampy areas; along streams
Division of clumps; stem cuttings; seed sown in fall.
Sun or Shade:
White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) grows in sun to partial shade; soil should be consistently moist; best in wet, rich, humusy soil in partial shade; likes composted leaf mulch in sunny areas.
It is the host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly; tall, upright stems with showy flowers on the ends.