This is an elegant native beauty with a funny name. Even if your visitors won't be able to keep a straight face after asking you about it, Hot Lips Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips') is really special.
This flowering native springs to life with pink, puffy corollas in the late summer through fall. These flowers are bell-shaped, with a lower petal that extends out with fine yellow hairs (imagine a pink turtle's head sticking out his yellow tongue). They range in color from hot pink to periwinkle and lavender.
If you're looking for late season blooms, it's happy to fulfill that request. And they grow well in a wide range of conditions, including wet soil which seems impossible to plant in.
People aren't the only ones that admire this delightful plant. The pastel blooms cast a spell over bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. With such fantastic color, you'll want to be sure you snap a few pictures when these pollinators visit.
The Hot Lips Turtlehead's pink flowers are gorgeous in relation to its deep green foliage. This plant's branches fill with forest-green lance-shaped leaves. These leaves first emerge a dark golden brown before unfurling to their verdant green.
Gardeners adore this plant's ability to thrive in less-than-perfect conditions. This fast-growing perennial does well in shade and partial shade. It even tolerates medium to high moisture soils of almost any type.
Plant the Hot Lips Turtlehead in a border around your backyard gazebo. This plant would also be a great addition to your butterfly garden if you have a damp shady area where other plants struggle to thrive. Because this plant enjoys the shade and moisture, it also does well in woodland gardens and along ponds. Try it in a Rain Garden to absorb rain runoff in a soggy spot in the yard.
The Hot Lips Turtlehead is sure to bring a buzz to your backyard. Not just because bees adore it, but because it has such gorgeous pink blooms! Order this pretty perennial selection today!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'|
|Mature Height||18 - 24 inches|
|Mature Spread||18 - 24 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Soil||Tolerates Wet Soil|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|