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Chelone lyonii

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium, high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Flower of Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)
  • Flower of Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)
  • Flower of Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)
  • Flower of Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)
  • Flower of Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)

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Chelone lyonii

Also known as:

pink turtlehead


Scientific Synonyms:


Chelone lyonii is a clump forming plant with stiff stems and long, lanceate, dark green leaves. In late summer it is topped with tight clusters of pinkish-purple hooded flowers, resembling turtle heads.


Native to stream edges and swampy areas, pink turtle head will grow in any light condition so long as the roots are kept consistently wet. Under lower light conditions the stems might grow tall and weak and might require staking. Tips can be pinched back earlier in the growing season to encourage a more compact form. Can bloom from July to October. Zones 3-8


Easiest to propagate by root division when the plant is dormant in early spring or late fall. Plants propagated from seed will take a couple of years to flower.

Additional Notes

Great around ponds, streams or bogs. It is similar to Chelone glabra in may ways, but is a lot less common and subsists in a much more limited native range.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Scrophulariaceae Figwort family
Genus Chelone turtlehead
Species Chelone lyonii pink turtlehead