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Chelone lyonii

Turtlehead

Scientific Name:

Chelone lyonii

Genus:

Chelone

Species Epithet:

lyonii

Common Name:

Turtlehead

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Cove forests, spruce-fir forests, balds, streambanks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds

Plant from Above

The distinctive shape

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Near a creek, Black Mountain

Plant in Bloom

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Close Up of Blooms

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Mt. Mitchell, Blue Ridge Parkway, July 2006

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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