Snakehead – Chelone spp. Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Shellflower, Turtlehead, Snakehead Botanical Name: Chelone spp., ke-LO-ne Decorative Life: 6-11 days. Flower Color: Red, White Availability: Summer Tidbits: From the Greek “chelone” for tortoise because the flower is said to look like the head of reptiles. Hence, it has the common names of snakehead and turtlehead. Seeds are sometimes dried and used for winter arrangements.