turtle-heads

turtlehead

[tur-tl-hed]
noun
any of several North American plants belonging to the genus Chelone, of the figwort family, having opposite, serrated leaves and spikes of purple or white, two-lipped flowers.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; turtle1 + head, so called from the appearance of its flower

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turtlehead

noun
showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple [syn: shellflower
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