Turtlehead – 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) 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 Family Roots: As a member of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort family), some of its common relatives include Calceolaria, Veronica, mullein, Penstemon, foxglove, snapdragon, Nemesia and monkey-flower. Some 6 species of herbaceous perennials most commonly found growing wild in swamp and marsh areas. Native to North America. Personality: Flowers spike-like, on strong, upright stems. While they generally grow better in wet, swamp-like conditions, they will survive but not thrive on dry soils. 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.