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Spiranthes cernua

Nodding Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes cernua

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

cernua

Common Name:

Nodding Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bogs, swamps, ditches, usually in acidic, sphagnous situations. Uncommon throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Blooming Hillside

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© David R. McAdoo

Plants Blooming on a Hillside

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© David R. McAdoo

Blooming Plants

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Tom Harville's Garden
© Tom Harville

Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
North American Orchid Conservation Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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