Spiranthes odorata

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Fragrant Ladies'-tresses, Lesser Ladiestresses


Plant Specifics

Size:0.5 - 2 ft tall by 0.5 - 1 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Fall blooming. Winter dormant.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Bog gardens. Wet meadows. Moist native gardens.
Availability:Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Pollinated by long-tongued bees, notably, bumblebees.

Native Habitats:Associated with forested seepage settings.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:The published gardening lore says "part-sun" -- where I have seen this growing in nature, it has been in shade.