Species Name: Chelone glabra

Common Name: White Turtle Head

Zone: 3 to 8

Light: Full Sun if moist to Half Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet to Moist to Medium

Soil Types: Sand, Loam, Clay

Fertility: Medium to Wet

pH: 5 to 6.5

Bloom Time: August to September

Habit: White Turtlehead grows 1 to 3 ft tall, topped with white turtlehead shaped flowers tipped with pink, in late summer early fall.  Foliage is dark green, glossy and pest free. Under garden conditions it will grow in any rich moist soil in light to moderate shade. An attractive garden plant for moist shady spots


In the wild WTH grows in moist rich soils in swamps, flood plains and moist meadows. It spreads by a rhizomatous root system or from seed.  It is deer resistant and is a larval host plant for the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly.