White turtle-head is an upright, vase-shaped plant that carries white flowers tinged with pink over thick, dark green leaves. The hooded flowers bloom at the end of the stems in late summer to early fall. The plant likes consistent moisture and can tolerate wet soil, so it is useful near the edges of streams or ponds.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Figwort
- Family (botanic) Scrophulariaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area
- Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil, Wet soil
- Tolerances Occasional flooding, Wet sites
- Season of interest early fall, late summer
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Upright
- Growth rate Moderate