Chelone glabra

White Turtlehead

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  • Spikes of white flowers top shiny green foliage in August to October
  • Light, rich, wet to moist soils
  • Natural habitat: brushy marshes, stream banks, wet ditches, low meadows, woodlands
  • Nectar source for butterflies
  • Favorite breeding site for the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly

Height: 24-48 in
Spread: 18-24 in

Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies


  • Native
  • Tolerates Clay Soil
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Naturalizing
  • RainGarden
  • Fall Color
  • Erosion control
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Clump forming
  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands

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