CHELONE obliqua

Turtle Head



Height: 2' (60cm)
Flowering Time: Summer, autumn
Flower Colour: Pink

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
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
Plantaginaceae Family)
Genus: Chelone (Turtle Head)
Species: obliqua (with unequal sides)
Chelone obliqua

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
(64-134 days)

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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