Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadds Ford'
Fragrant lady's tresses

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Fragrant lady's tresses
Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadds Ford'

By whatever name, a hardy native orchid that is adaptable for garden and landscape use in most of the eastern US. Silvery-green ground-hugging rosettes slowly form colonies in moist soils, bogs or swamps. Fragrant white flowers spiral upward in August and September. Often sold as an emergent plant for water gardens.

North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery. 


Easy-to-grow native orchid that ranges from Virginia south to Florida
Late summer blooms have a perfume like vanilla and jasmine
Great at the waters edge or home bog plantings
Selected for larger flowers than the species
Attracts bees

Native Range

Found in fields, damp meadows, moist thickets, and grassy swamps.

Interesting Facts

Orchids occur worldwide from the arctic tundra to Tierra del Fuego. They are absent only from the driest deserts and the wettest aquatic habitats.


Grow in partial to full shade in rich soil with high organic content. A very hardy plant, though it is best planted by the end of July for reliable success in gardens and containers. Prefers not to be transplanted once established.

Mature Size: 1-2ft. Tall x 6-12in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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