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Fragrant lady's-tresses, Marsh lady's-tresses
Spiranthes odorata
Orchidaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 4-6 inches in height; to 1 foot or more when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central United States west to Oklahoma and south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Very rare in Broward County along the eastern edge of the Everglades.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marl prairies, swamps and wet pinelands.

Soils: Seasonally wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Fall-winter.

Fruit: Capsule containing numerous minute seeds.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee


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