Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Habitat: Wet Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: White

Attributes: Butterfly host plant, Clay soil tolerant, Wet soil tolerant

Height: 30-90 cm (11-35 in)


Turtlehead adapts beautifully to garden conditions. Plants form an upright, bushy mound of green foliage, bearing upright stems of large hooded flowers shaped like the head of a turtle, in late summer. Best in a moist or wet site, this also adapts well to drier border conditions. Terrific at the waterside. Excellent for cutting. Showy and long lived. It is the host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

Nursery (please call ahead) 519-662-2529 (office) or 519-272-3393 (cell)
Preorder or consultation 519-831-0953 or email nithriverplants@hotmail.com