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White turtlehead

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Chelone glabra
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Chelone glabra (gim020305)
  • Chelone glabra (gim020305)
  • Chelone glabra
  • Chelone glabra (gim020303)



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. It displays pretty white flowers that curiously resemble turtle heads – thus its name in English. It prefers damp soils, such as those bordering ponds, but can also be grown in an ordinary flowerbed if the soil is kept fresh.

Heigth: 30 to 90 cm
Width: 45 to 60 cm
Flowering: white, sometimes tinged with pink, July to October
Attractions for wildlife: attracts pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds

Common name

White turtlehead

Latin name (genus)

Chelone glabra

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Plantaginaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade
Soil type: cool or moist, rich


  • Zone 3

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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