White Turtlehead

White Turtlehead

Chelone glabra

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens, Shade Tolerant

Height: 2 to 3'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: August to October

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Rich, humusy .

Light Requirements: Part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: balmony, snake mouth, shellflower, fish mouth, bitter herb, codhead

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White Turtlehead is a leafy-stemmed plant known for its hooded, snapdragon-like white flowers. It gets its name from the flower’s resemblance to a turtle’s beak. The leaves are coarsely toothed and dark green. This is an important native host plant for the beautiful Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly (pictured above), but is attractive to many other pollinators. Once established, it gains tolerance to erosion and wet soil. White Turtlehead can be used in a rain garden or to naturalize an area.


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2 to 3'

Container Size


Bloom Time

August to October

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Rich, humusy .

Light Requirements

Part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

balmony, snake mouth, shellflower, fish mouth, bitter herb, codhead

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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