What’s Blooming Today: Rose Turtlehead

Rose Turtlelead
Rose Turtlelead

Look like a turtlehead? That’s where this native perennial gets its name. It’s one of my favorite fall-blooming wildflowers because it’s pink when other flowers are blooming yellow and orange. I also love those little turtleheads frowning at me, especially when a bumblebee gets inside, then bursts out covered in pollen.

Rose Turtlehead
Rose Turtlehead

This is growing in southwestern PA. Most of these plants are varieties that grow south of me, especially if they are pink, and a white variety grows from Georgia to Newfoundland. The biological name of this one is Chelone obliqua that seems to be a hybrid of all the varieties.

A bumblebee gets the pollen.
A bumblebee gets the pollen.
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