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Any of several perennial North American herbs of the genus Chelone of the figwort family, especially C. glabra, having spikes of tubular two-lipped white or pink flowers. Also called snakehead.

[From the shape of its flowers.]
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(Plants) another name (US) for chelone
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(ˈtɜr tlˌhɛd)

any North American plant of the genus Chelone, of the figwort family, having spikes of white or purple two-lipped flowers.
[1855–60, Amer.]
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Noun1.turtlehead - showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purpleturtlehead - showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple
Chelone, genus Chelone - herbaceous perennials: shellflower
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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4, it will be Turtlehead Lake Forest Preserve in Orland Park.
While you perambulate through the woods on a glorious fall day, be on the lookout for turtlehead, a wildflower that has a rather unflattering common name.
While talking about it with friends over drinks, he noticed one of Stonecloud's product labels: Turtlehead Stout.<br />Company spokeswoman Lindsey Hogan said Stonecloud's management loved the idea.
[64] found that bumble bees infected with Crithidia bombi parasites increased foraging time on nectars high in iridoid glycoside concentrations, produced by the turtlehead plant, Chelone glabra L.
Several herbaceous species were dominant across seeps, including (in order of importance): wood nettles (Laporlea canadensis), branch lettuce (Micranthes micranthidifolia), turtlehead (Chelone sp.), scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma), pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), white wood aster (Eurybia divaricala), and green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata; Appendix 1).
As we entered the marsh, we were greeted by a host of bright colors: orange jewelweed, groundnuts blooming in purple, white turtlehead, blue-eyed grass and dozens of shades of green from the trees and vines lining the boardwalk One sharp-eyed member of the group spotted a black rat snake moving just off the trail.
Eight species on the list of Indiana Endangered, Threatened, Rare, and Watch List species were noted: Wood's Stiff Sedge (Carex woodii Dewey [State Watch List]); Wild Sensitive Plant (Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench [State Watch List]); Pink Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua L.
Unlike butterflies that favor multiple host plants, this cheekerspot largely relies on just one--the white turtlehead, an herbaceous plant with pink-rimmed, white flowers.
If you're looking for a bit more of a burn, try the 2.5-mile trek to the top of Turtlehead Peak in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (the view of La Madre Mountain and Summerlin is worth the workout).
Joining us along the shoreline is another type of "turtle" in the form of a white flower, the turtlehead (Chelone glabra).
Now, where there used to be ugly concrete barriers and cracked concrete, there are dozens of native plants, some flowering, such as giant blue lobelia, bee balm and turtlehead, along with some berry-bearing shrubs beneficial to wildlife.
Oxfam, in partnership with independent Irish T-shirt label Turtlehead, commissioned five designers to create a collection of limited edition T-shirts to help support Oxfam's climate change campaign.