White Turtlehead Chelone glabra Linnaeus    
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Lamiales   >   Family Plantaginaceae   >   Genus Chelone   

Status:

There are six species in the genus Chelone, all native to North America. Only two of these species occur in Maryland - White and Red Turtlehead. White Turtlehead blooms in late August or September.

Where to find:

Wet woods and meadows, marshes, seeps and streambanks, throughout Maryland (Choukas-Bradley, in Marilandica).

Relationships:

Primary, regional, larval host plant to the Maryland state insect, Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, which is state-rare. The foliage is bitter and usually avoided by White-tailed deer, according to Illinois Wildflowers, although, according to Choukas-Bradley, in Marilandica, deer like the plant and have reduced populations in Maryland.

There are 154 records in the project database.

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White Turtlehead in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/22/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/29/2009). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/5/2005). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/5/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/14/2014). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (10/17/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (9/27/2012). Photo by Kathy Litzinger. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/20/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead blooming in Washington Co., Maryland (8/29/2015). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Allegany Co., Maryland (9/27/2017). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/26/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/2/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in bud in Carroll Co., Maryland (8/17/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead (remains of fruiting stalk) in Montgomery Co., Maryland (12/28/2014). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Harford Co., Maryland (9/27/2020). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/1/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Howard Co., Maryland (3/22/2019). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/26/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/26/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Howard Co., Maryland (3/22/2019). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/26/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/26/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Howard Co., Maryland (10/23/2019). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

White Turtlehead in Howard Co., Maryland (10/23/2019). Collected and processed by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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