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Turtlehead
Chelone glabra

Other Names: N/A

Family
Flower
  • 2.5-4 cm (1-1.5 inch)
  • white (sometimes with a purple tinge), cylindrical, tightly clustered at end of stem
  • bilaterally symmetrical – top of corolla arches over hair-covered lower lip
  • 5th stamen is shorter than other 4, and sterile
Leaf
  • 8-15 cm (3-6 inches)
  • oppositely arranged
  • lance-shaped with sharp teeth
Location
  • in many parts of eastern North America
  • found in wet areas – along streams, and in wooded and low-lying areas
Flowering Time
  • July - September
Other
  • thrives in wildflower gardens
  • plant is cm 30-90 cm (1-3 feet) high
Name Origin
  • the genus name Chelone is Greek for “tortoise” suggesting the shape of the flower
Turtlehead flowers

Turtlehead Leaves