Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'


  • Short spikes of rosy-pink flowers
  • Great backdrop for shorter plants in the garden
  • Catches attention with its turtle's head shaped bloom

Turtlehead-Pink Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Native to eastern North America, these plants thrive along streams and ponds where the water supply remains constant. However, they have also proven to be adaptable to normal garden conditions, where they will be long-lived and dependable. Plant Chelone in full sun if the soil is constantly moist or wet. In average moisture conditions, it is better to site these plants in partial shade. Rich organic soil is best. Don't worry if you don't see these plants popping up in early spring--they are late risers. They quickly make up for this, however, and even benefit from being pinched back in early summer. This will result in fuller, bushier plants. Divisions can be made in spring or fall if desired. One reader reported an alternative method of propagation: Take cuttings in spring and root them in a vase of water in a sunny window. They take several weeks to root, then plant them outside.


36-40 Inches


24-30 Inches

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Characteristics & Attributes for Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies


  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Mass Planting


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Soil Moisture:

  • Wet Soil/Wetlands
  • Average Water