White Turtlehead
Chelone glabra L. (Scrophulariaceae)

Common Names
White turtlehead, balmony, bitter herb, fishmouth, salt-rheum weed, shellflower, smooth snakehead, snakehead, snakemouth, true snakehead, turtle bloom, turtlehead.

Description
A perennial that grows to 3 feet in height. Leaves are opposite, narrow, and 2 to 6 inches long. Flowers are rose-white and about 1 inch long. A pale, beard-like structure is found within the turtlehead flower tube.

Flowering Period
August to October.

Habitat
Low grounds, woodland, margins of streams, and wet thickets.

Harvest
Herb at flowering time; leaves in spring.

Uses
The leaves have been used for reducing inflammation, and as an anthelmintic and tonic.

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