Family: Scrophulariaceae

Scientific Name: Chelone glabra

Common Name: White Turtle Head


White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) A native wildflower growing best in moist sites.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Wild Flowers
Hardiness Zone3-8
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny, shaded, needs good moisture for full sun
Moisturemoist, does best in constant moisture
Soil & Siteaverage, prefers moist
Flowerswhite with some pink, borne in dense terminal spikes, late summer early fall, hooded, snapdragon-like, two-lipped, white flowers
Leavesopposite, lanceolate and dark green.
Dimensions2-3 feet high by equal spread, clump forming
Propagationcuttings, division, seeds
Misc FactsGenus name comes from the Greek word chelone meaning tortoise in reference to the turtlehead shape of the flowers. Genus refers to lacking hairs.
Author's NotesI have grown Chelone and have quickly learned that they flounder in dry situations
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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