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    Lyon's Turtlehead

    Chelone lyonii

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    Lyon's Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) at Hartman Companies

    Lyon's Turtlehead flowers

    Lyon's Turtlehead flowers

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    Height:  3 feet

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2

    Other Names:  Shellflower, Pink Turtlehead

    Ornamental Features

    Lyon's Turtlehead has masses of beautiful pink hooded flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Lyon's Turtlehead is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Spreading

    Lyon's Turtlehead is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
    • Bog Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Lyon's Turtlehead will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 12 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Bog 
    Applications
    Flowers 
    Ornamental Features
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