Chelone lyonii 'Tiny Tortuga'

Tiny Tortuga Turtlehead: Patent USPPP

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Uniquely shaped, dark pink flowers in clusters. Thick, dark green leaves. Very compact. Spreads slowly. Deer and disease resistant.

More About Chelone lyonii 'Tiny Tortuga'

  • works well as a cut
  • smaller and less spreading than lost turtleheads

A tiny turtlehead with all the flower power of its taller brothers, this native cultivar features uniquely shaped, hot pink blooms atop lustrous dark green leaves with a bronzy sheen. Flowers reminiscent of turtles' mouths persist from mid-summer into fall, a favorite of butterflies but distasteful to deer. 

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11-15 in


2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Chelone lyonii 'Tiny Tortuga' Characteristics


  • Cottage Garden
  • Mass Plant
  • Small / Miniature
  • Specimen
  • Container
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall
  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Tolerates most soils

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Deep Pink


  • Spreading
  • Mounding