Friday, December 30, 2011

Ladies Tresses

Spiranthes

Spiranthes cernua ( Nodding Ladies Tresses )
A fast growing, upright, clumping perennial, reaching up to 2.5 feet in height, that is native to wet woods in eastern North America ( from western Nebraska to central North Dakota to Kenora, Ontario to Kapuskasing and Cochrane, Ontario to Newfoundland; south to central Texas to Louisiana to central Georgia ). It is endangered in the Dakotas. In the Windsor/Essex County, Ontario region; it was considered abundant along the north shore of Lake Erie during the 1800s. It occurred sporadically on the Ohio shore during that time.
The linear to narrow-oblanceolate leaves, up to 12 x 0.6 inches in size, are green.
The fragrant, white ( yellow centered ) flowers are borne in spires during early to mid autumn.
Hardy zone 4 to 9 ( possibly 3 ) in partial to deep shade on moist, well drained soil. Easy to grow.

'Chadd's Ford'
More fragrant, larger flowers.

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