Purple Turtlehead Seeds

Unique flowers look like turtle heads!

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$2.50

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Turtlehead is named for its pretty blossoms which resemble a turtle head poking out from its shell. It is an important host plant providing larval food for the lovely orange and brown Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. Its nectar also attracts other butterflies and bumblebees. Turtlehead likes wet to moist soils and makes a good choice for border and wet meadow plantings. The plant is native to moist woodlands and prairies of North America, and brings color to the garden in late summer and fall.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Chelone obliqua
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 42 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/16 in.
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Plant Spacing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Purple
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage Herbaceous, Smooth-Textured
Other Details Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods By dividing the rootball, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost, From seed; stratify if sowing indoors, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 100