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These unusual turtleheads with their snappy deep rose faces beam best bathed in shady, moist garden habitats. They even delight in soggy, boggy, froggy soils.
Pink Turtlehead is the most sun tolerant of the Chelone species. When the soil is kept thoroughly wet they can be grown in full sun, or planted in deep shade. Flowers bloom in late summer and early fall. Plants grow 2-3 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 5.
Sow seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65°F., germination usually occurs within 3-5 weeks. If not, put container inside in a zip-lock bag with plenty of air and refrigerate for 3 weeks. Return to 65°F. until germination occurs. Chilling instructions provided as precaution, our experience is it is not often required.
Growing Chelone: Tolerates full sun in boggy soils, otherwise best in part sun to full shade. Needs rich, constantly moist soil. Pinching shoot tips in spring promotes shapely, heavy flowering plants. Superb next to ponds and streams, frogs often found hiding in foliage. Nectar-rich flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds; are excellent for cutting.