A beautiful native orchid of sandy woodlands and acidic bogs, Nodding Ladies' Tresses produce spirals of intricate white flowers running up an erect stem from July-November, often blooming until frost. The pollinated flowers then turn to green seed capsules which ripen to brown over the winter, producing tiny wind-borne seeds. Leaves are slender, dark green, and quite glossy, growing from the base of the plant. Tolerates sandy, clay, and acid conditions. Unlike most orchids, the flowers of Nodding Ladies' Tresses are quite fragrant, and they will spread slowly by rhizomes in optimal conditions.
1-2 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9a
Native Range: ME south to FL, west to TX and north to ND. Rare in ND and SD. Native to Canada in ON, QC, NB, PE, and NS
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