White Turtlehead

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White Turtlehead features a tall spiky flower, similar to a snapdragon, but with a tighter, boxier bloom that upon closer inspection does look just like a turtle's head! Set against dark green foliage, these extraordinary blooms come into their own in late summer, when many other plants have passed. Makes an excellent addition to natural gardens and along streams. Turtlehead is deer resistant, attracts butterflies and thrives in part shade to full sun. (Chelone glabra)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-48" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU AFLAP31

Plant Information

The turtleheads are favorite No. American wildflowers for moist shaded areas. They love streambanks and thickets, and add fascinating bloom to the scene with their unusual turtle head-shaped flowers.
SKU AFLAP31
Common Name Turtlehead
Botanical Name Chelone glabra
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 24-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Additional Information Will Arrive in a Dormant Condition in the Fall
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

When White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) arrives in the fall, it will be in a dormant state. They have healthy full root systems even below the pots. (The plants were growing all summer but had a necessary 'haircut' for travel, leaving bare stems as the foliage and flowers were trimmed away). White Turtlehead has hollow stems and are cut tall so that water will not get all the way to the crown over the winter, causing them to rot. For this reason it is best to leave the sticks "as is" till next spring.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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