General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 to 12 inches
Fruit: Other: Small capsules containing numerous tiny seeds
Flowers: Showy
Other: Strong anise scent
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bumblebees

Common names
  • Fragrant Lady's Tresses
  • Marsh Ladies Tresses
  • Marsh Lady's Tresses
  • Orchid
  • Ladies' Tresses Orchid
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Spiranthes odorata
  • Synonym: Spiranthes cernua var. odorata

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Photo by Ursula
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-09-26
Photo by Ursula
Photo by Ursula

Date: c. 1935
illustration by M. Sorensen in 'Addisonia', November 1935
Photo by Ursula
Photo by Ursula

photo credit: Halpaugh
Photo by Ursula

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-10-06
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