CHELONE - obliqua / Pink Turtlehead
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CHELONE - obliqua / Pink Turtlehead


    Chelone obliqua, commonly known as turtlehead, is a native perennial plant to North America. It is a member of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) and is known for its unique and attractive flowers that resemble the head of a turtle. The species name, obliqua, refers to the angled arrangement of the leaves on the stem.

    Turtlehead plants can grow up to 2-4 feet tall and have 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 typically a pale pink or white color. They are attractive to bees and butterflies and provide a late-season source of nectar for pollinators.

    Chelone obliqua prefers moist, fertile soil and partial to full 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 is a unique and attractive native perennial that provides a late-season source of nectar for pollinators. Its attractive foliage and interesting 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.

    Height 90cm
    Width 50cm
    Bloom Time Aug-Sept
    Zone 4