Purple Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 0.5 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem


Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2012 1:54 PM

This Turtlehead is native to the coastal plain and mountains of the Southeast where it is infrequent along stream banks and swampy forest margins. It differs from Chelone lyonii primarily in having narrow leaves and darker pink flowers. From late summer into fall, its very showy deep pink/purple, snapdragon-like flowers shine like beacons in sunny areas.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 13, 2013 5:38 AM

C. obliqua is found as tetraploids in the Blue Ridge, or hexaploids in two areas: Tennessee to Arkansas and Michigan, or the Atlantic coastal plain from South Carolina to Maryland. (Wikipedia)

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