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Tiny Tortuga Turtlehead

Chelone hybrid 'Armtipp02' PP #25,350

Showy red-stemmed spikes of pink, turtle-head shaped flowers emerge above clumps of glossy dark green, deer-resistant foliage. A compact variety perfect along a pond or stream edge or in a moist perennial border. An herbaceous perennial.
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Your climate may be too warm for this plant: 9


Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Keep soil moist to wet.


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Botanical Pronunciationkay-LOH-nee
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 14 to 16 in. tall, spreading to 1 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 the 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 spray. Plant in irregular groupings for masses of foliage and flowers.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Groundcover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureFast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
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: 9

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