Chelone glabra


Names and Myths

Chelone Greek for tortoise

glabra smooth

Turtlehead the resemblance of the flower to a turtles head.

Natural history / Folklore

Obligate wet lands plant, wet woods, stream banks and swamps.25 Has been used to make a sooting ointment for piles, sore breasts and ulcers.12


Flowers late July-September Chelone glabra , often white tending to pink. Wet habitats.

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