Hot Lips chelone

LGS Notes: ‘Hot Lips’ turtlehead is a great way to add bright colors to a shady garden.  They work well in rain gardens, are deer tolerant and clay tolerant, and they are a source of pollen for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. The white turtlehead, Chelone glabra, is a host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot! We use the pink variety in combination with other shade natives like Christmas fern, Jacob’s ladder, coral bells, Espresso geranium and bleeding hearts. Another related variety that we often use is ‘Tiny Tortuga’ which is a pink variety and more compact than ‘Hot Lips’.

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Latin name: Chelone lyonii
Common Name: ‘Hot Lips’ turtlehead
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Plantaginaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Erosion, Wet Soil
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