Chelone glabra

Chelone glabra

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead) is a plant in the family Plantaginaceae (the plantain family).


Chelone glabra is a herbaceous plant of eastern North America with alternate, simple leaves, on stout, upright stems. The flowers are white, borne in late summer and early fall. It can be used as a method of birth control, as used by Abenaki people.

Its native range extends from Georgia to Newfoundland and from Mississippi to Manitoba.

It is the only plant that the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly will lay its eggs on.


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