Chelone obliqua (Turtle's Head)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

Rich rose-pink flowers that really do look like turtles all clustered together on the top of stiff stems, hence the common name of Turtle's Head. These form slowly spreading clumps with soft green leaves. Likes a soil that does not dry out in summer.

Flowers in August and September. 

From Tennessee in 1752.

Height and Spread: 80cm x 45cm

Common name(s): Twisted shell flower, Turtle's Head, Balmony, Fish-mouth, Snakehead.

Photo: Wouter Hagens [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.