Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, rich
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
Pricing & Availability
Chelone lyoniiAlso known as:
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.
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
AL, CT, MA, ME, MS, NC, NY, SC, TN, VA, WV
|Species||Chelone lyonii||pink turtlehead|