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Chelone obliqua

Rose Turtlehead

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Chelone obliqua (Rose Turtlehead)

Dense spikes of rose-red flowers bloom in late summer and early fall. Butterflies are attracted to the nectar. The deep green, glossy foliage is handsome all season long. Rose Turtlehead grows best in full sun and moist soil and is a great choice for the edge of water gardens.

Additional Information:

30-48 Inches


18- Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Deep Pink / Rose

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Rose Mallow (Hibiscus lasiocarpos), Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Downy Skullcap (Scutellaria incana), Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar