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Chelone glabra - White Turtlehead

Chelone glabra - White Turtlehead

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White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra or Chelone obliqua var. alba) serves as a beacon for pollinators with tall spikes of white and pink-hued flowers. The flowers bloom in the summer for weeks - resembling a turtle head - as the tubular blooms peek out adorably from the green calyx that surrounds it. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees all flock to their sweet nectar. 

This North American native perennial thrives in moist, even wet soils, and can grow in some shade as well. Deer resistant and makes a good cut flower. 

Vital details:

Plant size: 2-3' tall x 1.5-2.5' wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Water: Medium to wet

Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, bumblebees, and other pollinators.

Notable features: native, compact, deer resistant, long-blooming.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Chelone glabra

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Dave S.
White Chelone

They arrived in great shape, hopefully they make it through the winter and thrive next summer.

Cindy C.
Flower buds

All 4 are growing well and have flower buds. I live in MA and it has been very hot & dry so we do water a few times a week.