White Turtlehead

White Turtlehead

Botanical Name: Chelone glabra

En Fran├žais: Galane glabre


Colour: White

White Turtlehead has masses of beautiful white hooded flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season.

It grows in shady sites and requires moist soil. It grows equally well in mineral-rich or highly organic soil as in bogs. It is often found in flood plains, near springs, around sedge bogs and in scrubland. It is also found along shorelines and in ditches alongside tall plants such as cattails and cord grass.

A good choice for shade or woodland gardens, bog gardens, pond or water garden peripheries, wildflower or native plant gardens. Borders as long as the soil moisture requirements can be met.

Other Characteristics

Pollinators: Bees, Bumble bees, Butterflies

Sun/Shade: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Planting and Care Considerations

Consider pinching back the stem ends in spring to reduce mature plant height. Slowly spreads by rhizomes.

Try pairing with Eupatorium colestinum, Iris virginica, Lobelia siphilitica, or Osmunda cinnamomea.

Spread: up to 70cm

Water: Moist to wet

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More Information

White turtlehead flowers do not have any fragrance, but bees do enter the tubular corolla. The Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton), a butterfly, depends on this plant for its life cycle.