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Hot Lips Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

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.
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Good to grow! 6


Full shade

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationkay-LOH-nee ly-ON-ee-eye
LoreTurtlehead is among the most promising of our eastern natives for cultivated gardens. Naturally found from Maine and Minnesota to Mississippi and Florida, its broad adaptation to such varying climates makes it a willing wild one for tamed backyards.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 2 ft. tall in bloom, spreading to 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Fall
Design IdeasTurtlehead 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsMonarda (Bee Balm); Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus); Japanese Water Iris (Iris ensata); Dappled Willow (Salix integra); Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

Good to grow!