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Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis

Southern Slender Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

lacera var. gracilis

Common Name:

Southern Slender Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fields, meadows, pastures, woodlands. includes lawns, cemeteries, roadsides. Uncommon throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Synonyms: Ibidium beckii, Ibidium gracile, Spiranthes beckii, Spiranthes gracilis

Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
North American Orchid Conservation Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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