Chelone glabra Seeds

Turtlehead Seeds

Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) is a white flowered native with tall spikes of snapdragon-like flowers in late summer that attract butterflies.
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Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) is a white flowered native with tall spikes of snapdragon-like flowers in late summer that attract butterflies. Turtlehead grows in moist to wet soils in full to part sun locations. Mulch heavily with compost in full sun to keep moist. USDA zones 3-8.
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Common Name
Turtlehead Seeds
Botanical Name
Chelone glabra
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Seed Life Cycle
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Wildflower Mix or Specie
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Flower Color
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
48 inches
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Days To Germinate
Fall Sown - Direct
Native To
North America
Seed Coverage
covers 15 square feet
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist / Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Cut Flowers, Native, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships To Canada
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Step-by-Step Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
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