Plant of the Week

  • Type: Perennial
  • Zone: 3 to 8
  • Height: 2 to 4 feet
  • Spread: 1.5 to 2.5 feet
  • Bloom Time: Mid summer to fall
  • Colors: Pink
  • Conditions: Full sun to part shade


Chelone grows best in medium to wet soils and part shade. Its name translates to tortoise because its small pink flowers look similar to turtle heads. This plant tolerates deer well, which a great quality to have, especially in New England climates. Chelone can be used in a variety of garden types or in borders, given that it gets enough moisture. Shade gardens, bog and pond gardens, and water gardens are great uses