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Spiranthes is often confused with:
Aletris farinosa Aletris farinosa
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Allium Alllium
Ocimum basilicum Ocimum basilicum
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis

Spiranthes

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aristotelea
  • Gyrostachis
  • Tussacia
Phonetic Spelling
spy-RAN-theez
Description

Ladies Tresses is in a perennial herb in the orchid family that grows from a thick tuberous root system. The genus is found in the Americas, Europe and Australia in fields, damp meadows, moist thickets, and grassy swamps. Flowers come in a variety of colors and spirals up a terminal spike.

Plant in full sun to partial shade in acidic wet clay, sand or loam soils. It will spread by rhizomes in good conditions. Use along ponds, streams, bogs and in water gardens.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#sun#full sun#fragrant flowers#white flowers#pink flowers#summer flowers#orchid
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#sun#full sun#fragrant flowers#white flowers#pink flowers#summer flowers#orchid
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Spiranthes
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Teas were made and used as a diuretic
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia to SW. Pacific, N. Africa, N. & Central America
    Distribution:
    USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Water Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are arranged in a loose or dense spiral around a 6-inch terminal spike. They are orchid-like with 6 petals and 1/2 inch across. They come in multiple colors. Blooms July through Nov.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    8-10 inch long basal grass-like leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland