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Spiranthes praecox

Grass-leaved Ladies'-tresses, Greenvein Ladies'-tresses, Giant Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes praecox

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

praecox

Common Name:

Grass-leaved Ladies'-tresses, Greenvein Ladies'-tresses, Giant 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, Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Savannas, swamps, bogs. Rare in NC Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont and Coastal Plain. A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic:

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:

Per North American Orchid Conservation Center "It can be distinguished from other Spiranthes species by the distinctive green venation on the labellum"

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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