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Chelone lyonii

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Common Name:  Pink Turtlehead

Full to part sun, wet to medium moisture level; light, rich humusy soil; neutral to slightly acid pH.  2-4 ft. height, blooms mid-summer to fall, pink flowers, may self-seed in moist soils, spreads slowly by rhizomes.

Germination Code: ?

Native Region:  Lightly in East Tennessee, primarily in the Blue Ridge Province

Snapdragon-like clear pink flowers with lustrous leaves and tighter growth habit compared to White Turtlehead.  Native to southern Appalachians.  Occurs naturally in wetlands but does well in average garden soil if not allowed to get too dry.  Larval food for Baltimore checkerspot butterfly.

Pink Turtlehead - Chelone lyonii 2
Photo Courtesy Joy Stewart