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Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)
This robust native perennial occurs frequently throughout the Mid-Atlantic in moist woods, swamps, and stream banks. With snapdragon-like flowers, which 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 tortoise.
This video requires no introduction, but if you don’t grow Chelone in your garden, maybe it will inspire you to plant some. Chelone glabra (white turtlehead) is the primary host for Baltimore checkerspot butterflies. Learn more about Pollinators.
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