Chelone glabra L. - Turtle Head

Chelona glabra plant

Family - Scrophulariaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Chelona glabra stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Chelona glabra leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Chelona glabra flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Wet ground.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant grows well from seed and would do well in in cultivation as a pond margin plant.
C. glabra is a very variable plant. The leaves may be pubescent or not and have many different shapes. The corollas can range from green to pinkish or white. Steyermark lists several different forms and varieties depending on the factors mentioned above but I won't go into those here.

Photographs taken at Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, AL., 10-2-05.


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