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Chelone obliqua 'Tiny Tortuga'

Turtlehead

A tiny turtlehead with all the flower power of its taller brothers, this native cultivar features uniquely shaped, hot pink blooms atop lustrous dark green leaves with a bronzy sheen. Flowers reminiscent of turtles' mouths persist from mid-summer into fall, a favorite of butterflies but distasteful to deer. Its very compact habit is a great choice for mixed containers, or let it spread ever so slowly in the landscape along pond and stream edges, rain gardens or perennial borders.

Benefits

  • Bright pink flowers shine above the deep green foliage
  • Attracts butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds
  • Great for pond and stream edges, rain gardens or perennial borders
  • Bitter foliage is avoided by deer and rabbits
  • Dwarf compact habit, great for containers

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers deep, rich soil but other than that needs no special care other than consistent moisture.


Height
18-24 in

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Spread
12-16 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Found in nutrient-rich leaf mold of the forest floor or creek bank.

Native Trivia

Chelone (rhymes with "baloney") was a nymph in Greek mythology who insulted the gods by ridiculing or not attending (versions vary) the marriage of Zeus to Hera. The gods punished her by turning her into a turtle.

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Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Wet Sun
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia