Among the many plants you might consider adding to your garden is a native perennial herb that is one of my favorites — turtlehead. The plant is hardy, attractive, colorful, long blooming, and requires little maintenance.

At this time of the year when many plants have finished flowering, it provides a bright spot in the garden and is a source of food for hungry pollinators. The flower, true to its name, looks like the head of a turtle and when it blooms the petals separate like a turtle’s beak opening. It is a favorite for bumble bees and each year I look forward to watching them foraging in the flowers.

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