Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Hot Lips Turtlehead: Patent USPPP

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Short spikes of rosy-pink flowers that look like a turtle's head with its mouth open delight children and other passersby in late summer and early fall. This is the kind of plant that makes a great backdrop for shorter plants in the garden all season long, and suddenly catches everyone's attention when it's in bloom.

More About Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

  • works well as a cut
  • long blooming
  • tolerates wet soils

Chelone is a long-blooming perennial that thrives in moist woodland conditions. This variety has bronze-green foliage that turns a deeper green than the species, but is equally as showy. The upright, red stems provide additional interest throughout the season.


32-36 in


2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Characteristics


  • Cottage Garden
  • Mass Plant
  • Small / Miniature
  • Specimen
  • Container
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall
  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Tolerates most soils

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Deep Pink


  • Spreading
  • Mounding