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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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

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.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.


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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