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Chelone obliqua alba
WHITE TURTLEHEAD

SKU: 1958-15
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Chelone obliqua, or turtlehead, is a perennial flowering plant. This uncommon wildflower is endemic to the United States, where it is found in the Midwestern and southeastern states.
When blooming, the flower is said to resemble the head of a turtle.

Chelone obliqua is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 cm) and can spread out 1 to 2 feet (30 to 61 cm).

C. obliqua blooms later than some herbaceous perennials, in mid to late summer. The flowers are tubular 2-lipped blooms, with a small yellow beard inside each lower lip. The flowers are cross pollinated by bees and attractive to butterflies.

Chelone obliqua is native to various states in the eastern and central parts of the country, including: Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The plant has become a rare wildflower and is threatened and endangered in some states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The variety obliqua is endangered in Kentucky and threatened in Maryland, while the speciosa variety is endangered in Arkansas and of special concern in Kentucky.

Chelone obliqua is cultivated as an ornamental plant. Optimal bloom period is within the months of July and August.

It is best grown in moist to wet, rich, humusy soils in full sun to partly shaded regions. C. obliqua is tolerant of clay soil, and may benefit from leaf mulch in total sunlight to prevent it from drying out. It can grow in any pH condition (neutral, alkaline, or acidic). Hence, it is mainly grown in moist woods, swampy areas and along streams.

Type: Hardy perennial

Height: 2-3' (61 to 91 cm)

Location: Sun

Hardiness zones: 5-8

Seeds per pack: 15

Germination: Start these seeds indoors right away for best germination rates. Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature (20-22 °C, 68-72 °F) for 4 weeks. If they have not germinated after 4 weeks then a cooling period is required. Cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 4 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to a cool room (15C, 59F) for them to germinate. Germination can be 30-60 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.

Chelone obliqua alba
WHITE TURTLEHEAD

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Description

Chelone obliqua, or turtlehead, is a perennial flowering plant. This uncommon wildflower is endemic to the United States, where it is found in the Midwestern and southeastern states.
When blooming, the flower is said to resemble the head of a turtle.

Chelone obliqua is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 cm) and can spread out 1 to 2 feet (30 to 61 cm).

C. obliqua blooms later than some herbaceous perennials, in mid to late summer. The flowers are tubular 2-lipped blooms, with a small yellow beard inside each lower lip. The flowers are cross pollinated by bees and attractive to butterflies.

Chelone obliqua is native to various states in the eastern and central parts of the country, including: Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The plant has become a rare wildflower and is threatened and endangered in some states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The variety obliqua is endangered in Kentucky and threatened in Maryland, while the speciosa variety is endangered in Arkansas and of special concern in Kentucky.

Chelone obliqua is cultivated as an ornamental plant. Optimal bloom period is within the months of July and August.

It is best grown in moist to wet, rich, humusy soils in full sun to partly shaded regions. C. obliqua is tolerant of clay soil, and may benefit from leaf mulch in total sunlight to prevent it from drying out. It can grow in any pH condition (neutral, alkaline, or acidic). Hence, it is mainly grown in moist woods, swampy areas and along streams.

Type: Hardy perennial

Height: 2-3' (61 to 91 cm)

Location: Sun

Hardiness zones: 5-8

Seeds per pack: 15

Germination: Start these seeds indoors right away for best germination rates. Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature (20-22 °C, 68-72 °F) for 4 weeks. If they have not germinated after 4 weeks then a cooling period is required. Cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 4 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to a cool room (15C, 59F) for them to germinate. Germination can be 30-60 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.