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Spiranthes odorata

Spiranthes odorata
Early September – flower spike just starting to elongate
fragrant ladies' tresses
Blooming in early October
Synonym(s) Spiranthes cernua var. odorata
Common name fragrant ladies' tresses
Family orchidaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers white (summer-fall)
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist or wet soil

Hardy orchid native to a large range of eastern North America. White flowers smell like jasmine. I set our first one into the partly shaded side garden a few years ago, and noticed it tentatively returning for a few years, but never a bloom. More recently, I purchased a second specimen, and set it in a pot in our bog filter, where it remains consistently moist. So far, it seems a lot happier than our first contender.

Spiranthes odorata
Flowers have faded, but seed pods are still green in late December.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: side garden, pond filtration bog

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