Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Pink turtle

Chelone lyonii, C. oblique

About This Species

Zone 4a

Grow me instead of Himalayan balsam (Policeman’s helmet)

Pink turtle is a clump-forming perennial with deep green leaves and pink flowers that resemble turtle heads. This plant enjoys moist soils and is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions