Chelone lyonii Hotlips
Chelone lyonii 'Hotlips' photo Suzanne Patry

Pink Turtlehead

Chelone is a native plant that is a much admired August bloomer in our perennial border. Its lush green foliage is always attractive and its long lasting pink flowers are attractive to butterflies. The rosy pink flowers of 'Hot Lips' are a deeper colour than the native wildflower and the glossy foliage is bronzy in the spring.

  • Height: 86 - 97 cm (34 - 38 in)
  • Spread: 61 - 76 cm (24 - 30 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: dark green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Chelone is a moisture loving plant that does best near water or in a moist perennial border. Plant it in sun or partial shade in good soil enriched with additional compost. It can be pinched back in spring to reduce the height and keep it bushy.