Turtlehead

Chelone

Turtlehead
Turtlehead

Fishmouth, snakemouth, turtlehead…  The common names of this flower come from the 2-lipped shape, which calls to mind an animal’s gaping mouth. The pink, red or white flowers are borne on a spike at the top of the plant.  The leaves are opposite, ovate to lanceolate, and have lightly toothed margins.

Turtlehead enjoys life on the edge of stream banks or in wet forests.  It is a perennial plant in the snapdragon family with a late summer to fall blooming season.  Teas made from turtlehead were once used to treat skin irritations and gastrointestinal maladies.

Turtlehead
Turtlehead

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