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Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chelone (kay-LOH-nee) (Info)
Species: lyonii (ly-ON-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Hot Lips

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On Aug 30, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a great, trouble-free, colorful shade plant. It blooms at a time when there isn't a lot going on, and the flowers are interesting and slightly-out-of-the-ordinary. The clumps expand each year but don't appear to be invasive; the stems are sturdy and don't require staking. The foliage is always glossy and nice looking. I haven't seen any pest or disease issues whatsoever, and the rabbits seem to leave it alone. I don't fertilize these at all and only water when it's extremely hot and dry. They even tolerate being under a gigantic cedar tree in the vicinity of black walnut trees. Definitely a winner.

Positive VtRoots6440 On Feb 28, 2010, VtRoots6440 from Montpelier, VT wrote:

Found bunches of wild white/pink tinge Tur. Hds in wetland behind our camp; grabbed a couple & they didn't transplant well. Was early fall at Gren. Hs. & saw huge Pink Turtle Heads on sale for $4. a gallon pot 8 yrs. ago. But the bees struggling to get into those bright pink "snap-dragon type" blossoms had me grinning, and hooked. However, that single plant has been divided 4 times in those 8 yrs. as it grows huge within two yrs. So like my white bleeding & pink bleeding hearts, I've divided many times for my home & camp gardens & given away many of same. Both prefer afternoon shade, but my T.Hds. still bloom like crazy on the hot front garden, but are well watered when home from summer camp once a wk. And the bee "bump & grind" for this late summer plant still makes me laugh. It's a fun-loving sight of a late summer plant that is still nectar-producing for bees late in the season.
(With tiny late summer pink sedum, and off & on English Daisies as the skirts around them.) But they are a tad agressive as I found out after 3 yrs. before I started dividing (by best serrated knives in my house/bad girl/ a giant pick from a friend who helped me get out their extremely mounding dense root. (Surely lost a lot of newbies in the "rip up" as gently as we could. So, pay attention within 2 yrs. if lacking 3 ft. space, and divide this great late summer plant.
CeeKay from Z 4 a & b from VT.

Positive grik On Jun 9, 2008, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This plant really comes into its own late in the season when not much else good is going on in my garden. The foliage is deep green and looks nice all year. It slowly spreads when its happy but is by no means aggressive. This is a great plant.

Positive mrickett On May 18, 2008, mrickett from Lawrenceville, GA wrote:

Great plant! It is attractive to hummingbirds, butterlies and bees. I have three plants that are several years old. They maintain a nice shape and do not fall over in wind or rain. The foliage is very attractive.

Positive ifonly On Oct 30, 2007, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

This is a terrific plant - glossy dark green leaves first attracted me. Flowers are great & last a long time. Mine grow in full blasting sun, and the soil is NOT consistently moist, but rather dry. Altogether a great late bloomer, good with cotinus Velvet Cloak, deep blue/purple aconitum, and shasta daisy Becky.

Positive terrelevin On Apr 12, 2007, terrelevin from Saugerties, NY wrote:

I saw this shrub at a garden shop and watched as bumble bees 'forced' their way into the blossom. All you could see of the bee was its rear end. It was funny and gorgeous all at the same time. I knew then, I had to have this plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brookfield, Connecticut
Prospect, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Pensacola, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Lincoln, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Westmont, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Granger, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Litchfield, Maine
Pownal, Maine
Crofton, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
Wayland, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Fulda, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Kasota, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Denville, New Jersey
Brockport, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Utica, New York
Yonkers, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Galena, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio (2 reports)
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
Milford, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Graham, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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