Highlight species reported included the Spiny Softshell turtle, Sedge Wren, Henslow's Sparrow, Zabulon Skipper, Roesel's Katydid, Elegant Stinkhorn fungus, Pink Turtlehead
, and False Hellebore.
Many of the wetlands in Maryland have been developed or succeeded to closed-canopy forest where the white turtlehead doesn't receive the sun it requires.
It inspired a group of naturalists, park rangers, and seasonal interns to begin removing invasive species so they wouldn't overtake white turtlehead habitat and clearing vegetation so the plant received more direct sunlight.
In bloom from late summer into fall, the turtlehead is a one- to three-foot tall herbaceous, perennial plant that likes having its "feet" wet.
The Iroquois brewed turtlehead tea to protect them against evil spirits.
The vivid pink turtlehead that you see in perennial gardens is most likely "Hot Lips" (Chelone lyonii).
The turtlehead is the host plant for the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly.
At one point, it skirted a ravine that climbed toward the Turtlehead
Likewise, planting turtlehead
, a perennial wildflower with blossoms that resemble snapdragons, increases your odds of hosting Baltimore checkerspots, eastern butterflies seldom found far from their favorite larval food plant.
June Lily of the Valley 3-8 4"-8" May Primrose 4-9 6"-4' May-July Turtlehead
3-7 2'-4' Aug.
Growing at their feet are a vast variety of herbaceous plants - windflower, goatsbeard, ginger, bergenia, turtlehead
, bugsbane, barrenwort, wintergreen, yellow waxbells, woodland phlox, barren strawberry, bloodroot and dozens of others.
We take a brief lunch stop before resuming our wildlife search, this time along the moderate Calico Tanks Trail 2 1/2 miles), adjacent to Turtlehead
From orchids and roses to the lesser-known black snakeroots and turtleheads
, 550 different species of wildflowers commonly found throughout Ontario are featured in this info-packed ROM field guide.
For example, he meticulously lists the wild plants discovered by Nathan in a field: "There are evening primrose, senna, asters, verbena, elecampane, gay feather, spiderflower, goldenrod, cone flowers, bottle gentian, ironweed, queen-of-the-meadow, boneset, yarrow, cornflowers, false foxglove, turtleheads
, and sunflowers" (182).