White Turtlehead (SOLD OUT)

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Chelone glabra

Exposure: Full sun

Moisture: Wet-Medium Wet

Height: 5 feet

Bloom: July, August, September

Attracts insects and birds: The flowers are pollinated by nectar-seeking bumblebees; sometimes they also attract the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. In the northern half of Illinois, White Turtlehead is the preferred host for caterpillars of the rare Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton). The seeds are eaten by larvae of the fly Phytomyza chelonei and larvae of the moth Endothenia hebesana, while larvae of Papaipema nepheleptena (Turtlehead Borer Moth) bore through the stems. The foliage is bitter and usually avoided by deer and rabbits.