Home Prairie and Wetland Center
16245 South Hwy. 71
Belton, MO 64012
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Chelone glabra

Turtlehead

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Chelone glabra (Turtlehead)

Erect, leafy stems with clusters of white snapdragon-like blossoms. Naturally occurs along streambanks, swampy areas and moist woods.

Additional Information:
Caterpillars of the beautiful Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly rely almost exclusively on this rare wetland plant as a food source.


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Great for shade, woodland and rain garden sites.

Good Companions
Rose Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua), Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus), Soft Rush (Juncus effusus), Southern Blue Flag (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW

Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects
Butterfly

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar
Butterfly Host