Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (Turtlehead)

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' TurtleheadThis gorgeous perennial is so named for it’s blooms supposedly looking like an emerging turtlehead, although it is more reminiscent of a snapdragon like stem and bloom.  It’s quite happy in our state, being native to the wetlands of the Appalachian region, including the state of North Carolina, Hot Lips thrives best in moist shade but also adapts well to various conditions making it a superior perennial for the garden.  Plant it into the perennial border, the woodland garden, or with in a mixed bed along side dwarf shrubs and other perennials.  It’s an excellent choice in poorly draining areas and around water gardens. Chelone is fast growing and spreads to 2 feet tall and wide.  It attracts butterflies with its late summer to fall blooms!