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Chelone obliqua 'Tiny Tortuga' (Turtlehead)

Chelone obliqua 'Tiny Tortuga' PPAF

Turtlehead

Compact, great in containers
Large, deep pink flowers
Glossy, dark green foliage
Low maintenance
Hybridized by Gerard Lentjes

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.

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Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

12-16 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Turtlehead Interesting Notes

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.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Native to North America
Moist Sun