Chelone obliqua

Turtlehead: Patent USPPP

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Chelone obliqua, commonly called turtlehead, is a stiffly erect, clump-forming Vermont native perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall and occurs in moist woods, swampy areas and along streams.

More About Chelone obliqua

  • native to much of northeast
  • long blooming
  • tolerates wet soils

Hooded, snapdragon-like, two-lipped, deep rose flowers appear in tight, spike-like terminal racemes from late summer into autumn. Flowers purportedly resemble turtle heads. Coarsely-toothed, lance-shaped, dark green leaves.

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32-36 in


2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Chelone obliqua 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