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Chelone glabra Black Ace, commonly known as black turtlehead, is a unique and striking cultivar of the native Chelone glabra. This herbaceous perennial plant features dense spikes of deep, rich, maroon-black flowers that bloom from late summer into fall.
The plant grows up to 3 feet tall and has glossy, dark green, lance-shaped leaves that are arranged in pairs opposite each other on the stem. The flowers are borne on sturdy, upright stems that rise above the foliage and can grow up to 2 feet in height. The unique color of the blooms sets Black Ace apart from other turtlehead varieties, making it an eye-catching addition to any garden.
Chelone glabra Black Ace prefers moist, fertile soil and partial shade, but can also tolerate full sun in cooler climates. It is an excellent choice for a woodland garden or a moist, shady area of the garden where other plants may struggle. It is also deer-resistant and is not often bothered by pests or diseases.
This plant is easy to care for and requires little maintenance once established. It can be propagated by division in early spring or fall, and any dead or damaged foliage should be removed as needed. In addition to its ornamental value, Chelone glabra Black Ace is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive disorders and respiratory infections.
In summary, Chelone glabra Black Ace is a unique and striking cultivar of the native turtlehead. Its deep, rich, maroon-black flowers add a bold and dramatic element to any garden setting, making it a standout plant in borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. Its tolerance for shade and moist soil makes it a great choice for a variety of garden settings, and its easy care requirements make it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
Bloom Time Aug-Oct