Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’

Common Name
Hot Lips Turtlehead

Plantaginaceae (Plantain) 

Tree or plant type / form
Rhizomatous herbaceous perennial

Landscape Use
Mounding, shrub-like perennial useful in the middle of the border or planted en masse in shady sites

Season of interest and/or other ornamental feature(s)
Spring to fall

Size at Landscape Maturity
Height: 2 to 3 feet, Spread: 2 to 3 feet in 3 years

Light exposure
Light to moderate shade, can tolerate more sun in moist sites

USDA Hardiness zones
3 – 8

Origin / Native locale
Southeastern United States

Wildlife Value (incl. pollinators)
Attracts butterflies

Soil Type & Drainage
Prefers moist to wet soil

Deer and Wet Soil

Leaf Description
Ovate, coarsely-toothed green leaves from 3″ to 6” long 

Bloom Time in Northeast Ohio
July through September

Flower Description
Cheerful spikes of pink snapdragon-like flowers emerge above the spreading foliage in late summer.

Cone / Fruit

Available at
Secrest Arboretum Plant Discovery Days and selected local nurseries

Use the Secrest Aboretum Explorer to find locations where this plant is located on the Wooster campus.

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