Known as- Spiranthes
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Eastern United States
ht.- 0.75 to 2 ft.
Span- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Shade/Light- Part shade
Moisture- Medium to wet
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Best grown in damp, boggy, acidic soils in part shade. Plants spread slowly
by rhizomes to form colonies in optimum growing conditions.
Lady”s tresses (often also called fragrant lady”s tresses)
is an orchid that is native to marshes, bogs, swamps and other wet areas
in the eastern United States from New Jersey and Tennessee south to Florida
and Texas. It features small, very fragrant, hooded, white flowers densely
arranged in vertical, slightly spiral-like rows on spikes typically growing
9-18’ (less frequently to 24’) tall. Blooms in late summer
to fall, often to first frost. Lance-shaped, linear leaves in basal rosettes,
with some leaves extending up the flower spikes. Spiranthes comes from
the Greek words ‘speira’ meaning spiral and ‘anthos’
meaning flower. The spiraling flower arrangement is the result of uneven
cell growth, which results in a twisting of the flower stems. Synonymous
with and often listed and sold as Spiranthes odorata. See Spiranthes cernua
var. odorata “Chadd”s Ford” (T680) which is a cultivar
featuring slightly taller stems and larger flowers.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Moist meadows, damp woodland gardens, damp wooded slopes or edges of ponds,
streams or water gardens. A classic bog plant.