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Spiranthes odorata

Fragrant Ladies'-tresses, Marsh Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes odorata

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

odorata

Common Name:

Fragrant Ladies'-tresses, Marsh Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

September, October, November

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps and marshes. Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Per the North American Orchid Conservation Center "This orchid is capable of agamospermy but documented pollinators include Bombus pensylvanicus, Bombus fervidus, Bombus impatiens and Bombus nevadensis."

Blooms in Hand

image

© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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


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