Wild turtlehead (Chelone glabra) derives its name from its distinctive white flowers which resembles a turtlehead. In the wild, it thrives in wet meadows and floodplains and attains heights of 2 – 3 feet and spreading 1 – 3 feet. It is a lovely addition to any rain garden where it tolerates erosion and grows well in moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. During blooming, from August to October, bumblebees find this plant irresistible.
This is also the larval plant for the native Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.