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Spring lady's-tresses
Spiranthes vernalis
Orchidaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 4-6 inches in height; to 2 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Eastern and central United States south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas and Mexico. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County.
Habitats:
Pinelands, swamps and marshes.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
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:
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Capsule containing numerous minute seeds.


 


Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton