Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty.


Common Name: Turtlehead
Scientific Name: Chelone glabra
Family: Plantaginaceae


A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden.

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden.

Uses

  • Attracts pollinators
  • Bog gardens
  • Erosion control
  • Honeybee forage
  • Medicinal
  • Deer resistant edging
  • Rain gardens (lowest areas)

Medicinal Properties

  • Anthelmintic
  • Anti-bilious
  • Appetite stimulant
  • Laxative
  • Topical anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves nausea

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
  • Layer Use: Herbaceous
  • Flowering: July-October
  • Leaf Shape: Lance-shaped with serrated margins
  • Height: 1-4′
  • Width: 1′

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Light: Full-part sun
  • Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
  • Moisture: Moist soils; tolerates occasional xeric periods
  • pH: 6.8

Propagation

Divide cultivars in spring. Collect seeds from pods before they open and sow on soil surface; might require stratification and months to germinate.

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