Chelone obliqua Tiny Tortuga


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Plant Code: CHTT

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A moisture-loving, dwarf variety! Tortuga, turtle or tortoise in Spanish, lives up to its name as the slowly spreading upright habit produces hot-pink hooded flowers that resemble the heads of open-mouthed turtles.

Chelone form bushy mounds of dark bronze-green glossy foliage. Showy and long-lived!


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 18-24""
Spacing: Plant 12"" apart
Bloom Time: Late Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower: Pink
Accent: Pink
Patent: Pending
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Chelone General Information

These plants are late risers in the spring. Thrives in poorly drained sites - prefers shade, woodland or bog gardens. Planting in irregular groups gives masses of flower and foliage. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Chelone Plant Care

Prune or pinch in early spring to control height and promote bushiness. These plants prefer highly organic soil and consistent moisture. Can be divided every 2-3 years or in spring or after flowering in fall. Seedheads are attractive so they can be left on for added winter interest. If you prefer to control self-sowing, cut entire plant to ground during fall cleanup.