Chelone glabra
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Chelone glabra

white turtlehead
balmony

  family veronicaceae 
  genus chelone 

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Identification
Genus  Chelone Species  glabra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  white turtlehead   balmony Family  VERONICACEAE Specimen number  S11843 Data source  HtZn p94;HumGrdn p59;MedPl p186
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Chelone glabra attracts hummingbirds. Balmony (also known as white turtlehead) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this species has a texture that is rich. It usually does best in moist soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  bitter   gallbladder tonic   cholagogue   antiemetic   antidepressant   anthelmintic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Chelone glabra has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a bitter, as a gallbladder tonic, as a cholagogue and as an antiemetic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the aerial parts.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes 
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Chelone glabra is an herbaceous perennial. Flowers: Balmony (locally known in some parts as white turtlehead) has flowers in terminal racemes on erect stems. Typically the blossoms are either white or pink.

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