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Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Pink Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii

Chelone lyonii flower is a perennial known for its unique bright pink blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and tolerance to wet soils and shaded areas. Pairs wonderfully with other native plants and is low maintenance.

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Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Turtlehead Plants for Sale Online

The Pink 'Hot Lips' Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) is a flowering perennial that is native to Missouri. In moist soil and partial sun it typically grows 2 to 4 feet tall with erect and stiff stems holding white flower clusters.

Its common name comes from the bloom's resemblance to the inside of a turtles mouth. They pop up in late summer to autumn with hot pink blooms. Although the flower clusters are big and bold, they usually do not need stakes, unless the perennial is planted in a heavily shaded area.

A perfect addition to shaded or woodland gardens. While other perennials may not be able to tolerate wet, rich soils around ponds or bogs, the Chelone lyonii thrives in them.


Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 2 to 4 Feet
Mature Width: 1 to 2 Feet
Classification: Flowering perennial
Habit: Upright
Flower Color: Bright pink
Attracts: Hummingbirds and butterflies
Soil Condition: Prefers moist soil; can tolerate wet soil
Water Requirements: Water frequently, do not let dry out
Growzone: 3-8 Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Pink Turtlehead Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Pink Turtlehead

Before you buy a Hot Lips Turtlehead Plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant a pink Hot Lips turtlehead plant?

How do I plant a pink Hot Lips turtlehead plant?

The Chelone lyonii perennial requires moist soil, and prefers to be planted where it can receive partial shade. After removing the plant from the container, loosen the bottom of the root ball using your hands and place it in a hole that is twice as wide, but no deeper than the pot it came in. If the area receives strong winds, the flowers may need to be staked. Backfill with a mix of the original soil and compost.

How do I mulch a Chelone Hot Lips plant?

How do I mulch a Chelone Hot Lips plant?

Craving nutrients, the Chelone lyonii ppreciates a mulch made up of organic material such as leaves or pine needles. This is especially important when planted in sunny areas where the soil is likely to dry out quicker. Applying a mulch around (but not touching) the base of the plant will help retain moisture in the soil.

How often do I water a pink turtlehead Chelone lyonii plant?

How often do I water a pink turtlehead Chelone lyonii plant?

It is important that you do not let the turtlehead plant's soil dry out. In order to achieve this, check the soil and water when the top 3 inches are no longer damp.

How do I prune Chelone Hot Lips?

How do I prune Chelone Hot Lips?

If your plant is growing taller than your location can handle, pinch back the stem ends in the spring to control the height.


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