White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) is one of those wildflowers that is easy to overlook. For one thing, when it blooms, much showier plants such as Joe Pye Weed, goldenrod, and flat-topped white aster are also blooming, and they tend to steal the spotlight.Also, by the time it blooms, the plants may not look so good. I had to really hunt to find one with the undamaged green leaves that you see above. The one below was much more typical: Who’s been nibbling on my turtlehead? I haven’t caught any caterpillars in the act of eating, but white turtlehead is one of the key larval plants for the Baltimore checkerspot. Even though humble, and even when tattered, white turtlehead certainly belongs in a wet meadow, such as we have on our land.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogosphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”