Chelone obliqua – Turtle Head
The distinctive turtle head shaped deep pink blossoms of the Missouri native perennial Turtle Head, Chelone obliqua, enchant the mid to late summer and early fall garden. Its deep green foliage is handsome all season long. Chelone, is pronounced kee-LO-nee, which rhymes with baloney.
Turtle Head makes an excellent ground cover and is an easy grower. It prefers moist soil but is tolerant of many conditions. Turtle Head makes a fantastic addition to rain gardens. Turtle Head attracts hummingbirds, other pollinators, and beneficial insects. Its flowers make lovely fresh cut bouquets.
Plant in full sun to shade. It will grow in any soil, but performs best in rich soil amended with compost. Although it prefers consistent moisture it will tolerate periods of drought.