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Chelone obliqua 'Alba' is a stunning herbaceous perennial plant that is native to North America. It is commonly known as white turtlehead, and it is a member of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). This cultivar is named for its beautiful, pure white flowers that resemble the head of a turtle.
'Alba' grows up to 2-3 feet tall and has attractive, 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 in late summer and early fall. The flowers are tube-shaped, with two lips that resemble the head of a turtle, and are a pure white color. The flowers of 'Alba' are more striking than those of the species, which have pale pink or white flowers.
Chelone obliqua 'Alba' 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 obliqua is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive disorders and respiratory infections.
In summary, Chelone obliqua 'Alba' is a beautiful and unique cultivar of a native perennial that provides a late-season source of nectar for pollinators. Its attractive foliage and pure white turtlehead flowers make it an excellent choice for a woodland garden or a moist, shady area of the garden. 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 August-September