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Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’

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Hot Lips Lyon’s Turtlehead

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Rose-pink flowers on dense terminal spikes perk up the garden when Hot Lips Lyon’s turtlehead (Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips)  begins to flower in late summer. Lustrous, deep green foliage adds another attractive feature to this stunning herbaceous perennial during the growing season. ‘Hot Lips’ Lyon’s turtlehead thrives in rich, moist soil and light shade, however, it is remarkably tolerant of dry conditions. It grows 2-3′ tall and can be pinched in May to produce a bushier plant. An excellent choice for growing in containers, it is also deer resistant as well as a butterfly host plant. To spice up your late summer garden, combine it with American alumroot (Heuchera americana), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Fireworks wrinkle-leaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’), great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), and mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum). Zones 3-8.

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