Spiranthes cernua

Ladies Tresses

$ 14.95

Item #: 1209
Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Spiranthes cernua , or Nodding Ladies Tresses, grows in wet places along the southeastern coastal plain and down into Texas. It is one the few native orchids that is easy to grow in cultivation. Each plant forms a clump of shiny, dark green, 8 inch pointed leaves from which a 11/2 to 2 foot tall, cylindrical spike of flowers persists from late summer into fall. The flowers are densely arranged and are yellowish white, tinged green, and slightly scented like vanilla. This orchid seems to defy all "rules" about native orchids. It likes wet to moist, good soil and grows in sun or shade. It not only self-sows prolifically, but it is also stoloniferous and will therefore spread quickly. It is easy and seems not to need any inoculants or special fungi. In fact, it is spreading itself around our shade houses very well. If you have the right spot, give it a try.



Rain Garden

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny, Half and half,

Mostly shady, Full shade

Soil Condition

Average, Organic,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


full quart


24 to 36, 12 to 24

Flower Color



Bloom Time

Early fall, Mid fall

Typical Height





6, 7, 8, 9