Native Orchid


Spiranthes cernua or Noddling Ladies Tresses

One of the plants I picked up at the Native Plant Sale last month was this native orchid Spiranthes cernua which is commonly called Nodding Ladies Tresses.  I planted it in a shady spot under the Pecan Tree.  Here’s some more info on this pretty little bloomer:

  • Species of Orchid from Eastern Canada to Central & Eastern U.S.
  • Perennial that gets to be 18-24 inches tall
  • Prefers light shade conditions
  • White blooms from late summer to mid fall
  • Flowers are fragrant
  • Hardy in zones 5a – 11
  • Prefers a damp organic soil
  • Propogate by division or seeds
  • Will multiply when it is happy

9 responses to this post.

  1. Very pretty! I tried these last year and mine died:(

    Sorry to hear that Tina. 😦 I hope mine does okay.


  2. Very neat! Is that a beautyberry in the background?

    Thanks Dave, yes it is. 🙂


  3. This is another new one to me! Such pretty blooms; I can just imagine it nodding in a breeze.

    Me too Rose, never heard of it until I saw it at the sale. 🙂


  4. I think this plant is really pretty. I’ve seen it in my native flower book and thought what a neat plant.

    Me too Susie, I love the delicate little white blooms. 🙂


  5. Wow, that orchid is just beautiful!

    Thanks Meems! 🙂


  6. So pretty and delicate! I’ve not seen this one and it’s great to learn about it from you. Thanks!

    Sorry that I’ve been away so long. I am trying to begin thinking about gardening again. My garden has been totally neglected for two months now.

    Hi Cameron, I missed you. Hope everything is okay. Thanks for stopping by, glad I could introduce you to a new native. 🙂


  7. That is an interesting looking plant. I’ve never heard of it before. I hope it does well for you.

    Thanks Kathleen, it was new to me too. Hope it loves it’s new home. 🙂


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