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September Wildflower Spotlight: 
Turtlehead

Turtlehead,
Chelone glabra

Chelone is a perennial native herb that grows along stream banks, wet woods and swamps in alkaline soil. Turtlehead is excellent for cutting. It is showy and long lived. The blooms are pollinated by insects. Bees in particular enjoy the nectar and their movement inside the flower causes the flower to move like a turtle opening and closing its mouth. Turtlehead is the preferred larval food of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. It is used in American folk medicine for a wide variety of ailments.

Previous Spotlights:
   

August: New York Ironweed
July: Beebalm
June: Indian Pink
May: Jack in the Pulpit
April:  Trillium
March: Bloodroot
February: Heartleaf

January Witchhazel

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October: Closed Gentian
September:   Goldenrod
August:   Joe Pye Weed
July:    Cardinal Flower
June:   Rosebay Rhododendron
July:  New York Ironweed