Height: 2' (60cm) Flowering Time: Summer, autumn Flower Colour: Pink ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Scrophulariales (Figwort Order) Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
(under the APGIII system, this plant is now in the
Genus: Chelone (Turtle Head) Species: obliqua (with unequal sides) ____________________________________
Chelone obliqua is a useful perennial for damp situations, particularly because of its late-flowering period. It produces strong stems with crinkled nettle-like leaves, topped in late summer by fat pink buds which are supposed to resemble the head of a turtle, giving the plant its common name. These open only slightly to make a little pouting mouth.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Autumn or Winter
Seed Pod The seed pod is rounded.
Seed The seeds are flat papery discs with a darker middle. There are many seeds in each seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has flimsy toothed leaves.
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