PERENNIAL: Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)

Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead) flower detail at Longwood Gardens.

Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead) flower detail at Longwood Gardens.
Photo © 2015 Elaine L. Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This robust native perennial frequents moist woods, thickets, low meadows, swamps, and stream banks.  Its white tubular Snapdragon-like flowers are said to resemble turtle heads.  The plant is named for Chelone (rhymes with “baloney”),  a nymph of Greek mythology who was punished by being turned into a turtle.

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