Turtlehead

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Turtlehead

Chelone obliqua 2–3' tall. Boldly veined deep-green leaves topped by elegant spikes of pink hooded flowers that are shaped very much like a turtle’s head. Try planting en masse at the mouth of a woodland path. Deer avoid the bitter foliage.

Perfect in moist woods or at the water’s edge—these pleasing late-season flowers will flourish in a wide range of soils, from clay to sandy, as long as they’re not waterlogged. Native to southern and midwestern U.S. Plant about 12" apart in dappled sunlight. Z4.



688 Turtlehead
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L688A: 1 for $4.75
L688B: 3 for $15.25
L688C: 6 for $29.00
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.

Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.

Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.

For more info:
About planting bare-root perennials.