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Fragrant Ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes odorata

Fragrant Ladies'-tresses is a native orchid with spikes of vanilla scented, white flowers that open in the fall. Fortunately, it is easy to grow in sun or shade. Hardy in zones 7 through 9.

 

Vanilla scented Fragrant Ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes odorata)

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • 1 ft. tall and 1 to 2 ft. wide
  • Spreads slowly to form dense weed suppressing colony
  • How to Grow

  • Sun to shade
  • Wet to moist soil
  • Plants tolerate being flooded periodically, but will not grow in dry soil.

    Where to plant

  • Shady, moist flower beds
  • Naturalize in damp woods
  • Pitcher plant bogs
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Butterflies
  • Bumblebees
  • Native habitat and range

  • Swamps and marshes
  • Coastal plain from southeastern Virginia to Texas
  • Source and origin

    Plants are propagated here at the nursery by division from a plant that originated in a southeastern North Carolina swamp forest.

    Propagation

    Spiranthes odorata can be grown from seed easier than most orchids, but it's a lot quicker to divide plants in the spring.

     

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