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Chelone

Chelone (Turtlehead)

Chelone is a great plant for the Southeast because not only is it pretty, but hummingbirds and butterflies like it and deer avoid it. In the wild, chelone grows in shady, damp habitats.

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The genus Chelone contains 4 species of North American native perennials that are named after a mythical Greek nymph. The nymph Chelone was too loud at Zeus' wedding and as punishment was transformed into a tortoise by the angry god, condemning her to eternal silence. Chelone's summer-borne flowers look somewhat like a white or pink turtle's head, hence the scientific and common names.

Chelone is a great plant for the Southeast because not only is it pretty, but hummingbirds and butterflies like it and deer avoid it. In the wild, chelone grows in shady, damp habitats but in the garden it tolerates conditions from soggy to typical garden soil in a sun to part sun location. Some selections are drought-tolerant. When you are ready to buy chelone for your garden, check out our online list of chelone for sale.