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Hot Lips Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Pronunciation: kay-LOH-nee ly-ON-ee-eye
SKU #02419

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Description Cheerful spikes of pink snapdragon-like flowers emerge above the spreading foliage in late summer. Ideal middle-of-the-border plant for contrasting color and foliage among dwarf shrubs. Thrives in shaded settings and prefers moist conditions. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Full shade
Watering Keep soil moist to wet.
Blooms Late Summer to Fall
Mature Size Fast growing; reaches 2 ft. tall in bloom, spreading to 2 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features North American Native Selection, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Ground Cover
Design Ideas Turtlehead is a valuable problem solver for poorly drained sites. Wide adaptability to radically differing climates and as a North American native it has all the qualities of a superior perennial. Well suited to middle of the perennial border and blended into mixed plantings. Super foundation plant where drainage is problematic. A natural plant for wild gardens and those composed of locally native species. Its habitat tells us turtlehead is excellent around bogs and water gardens where soils may be perennially moist from splash and spay. Plant in irregular groupings for masses of foliage and flowers.
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Monarda (Bee Balm); Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus); Japanese Water Iris (Iris ensata); Dappled Willow (Salix integra); Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Care Thrives in enriched, moist soils with part shade in cool summer climates, full shade in warmer areas. Mulch the soil surface to conserve moisture. Stems may be pinched in spring to encourage more compact growth. Spreads slowly by rhizomes; divide clumps every 2 to 3 years.
Lore Turtlehead is among the most promising of our eastern natives for cultivated gardens. Naturally found from Maine and Minnesota to Mississippi and Florida, its broad adaptatation to such varying climates makes it a willing wild one for tamed backyard gard

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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