Hardiness: 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: Pink
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dewey Beach, Delaware Pensacola, Florida Lawrenceville, Georgia Lincoln, Illinois Machesney Park, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Waukegan, Illinois Westmont, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Galena, Indiana Granger, Indiana Litchfield, Maine Pownal, Maine Bridgewater, Massachusetts Cochituate, Massachusetts Lexington, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan Howell, Michigan Fulda, Minnesota Hopkins, Minnesota Rochester, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Denville, New Jersey Brockport, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Utica, New York Yonkers, New York Blue Ash, Ohio Galena, Ohio New Miami, Ohio Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania Milford, Pennsylvania Leesburg, Virginia Mc Lean, Virginia Graham, Washington Seattle, Washington