$4.95 – $8.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium)
Bloom: July -September
Flowers: The tube-like 1 1/2″ flowers have a long upper lip that arches over the hairy lower lip. The flowers bloom in a long tight cluster at the top of the plant. Some people think that they resemble a turtle’s head.
Leaves: The opposite, narrow leaves are 3″-6″ long and coarsely toothed.
Creamy white turtle-shaped tubular flowers make this plant an interesting addition to rain gardens, shoreline or wildflower garden. This plant is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and also makes a nice cut flower!
Medicinal Uses: It has been used for numerous medicinal purposes, from relieving hemorrhoids to soothing sores.
Name: The flower gets it’s scientific name from its resemblance to the tortoise or turtle. Chelone means tortoise in Greek.