All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Chelone obliqua


Plant Information

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

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 hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.