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Spiranthes bightensis ‘Chadds Ford

Native Plants

Chadds Ford Atlantic Ladies’-Tresses

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Summary

In autumn, Chadds Ford Atlantic ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes bightensis ‘Chadds Ford)  makes its surprising floral debut. Rising to 18” tall, the stem bears small, fragrant white flowers arranged in an intriguing spiral. The basal strap-like evergreen leaves of this delicate orchid are a curious pale green color and are 2-4” long. Chadds Ford Atlantic ladies’-tresses thrives in full sun and moist to wet, acidic soils, yet it tolerates average, well-drained garden soils. It differs from the species in that it has larger and showier flowers. This terrestrial orchid performs best under low competition but is a good companion for bog-rosemary (Andromeda polifolia), pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.), sand-swamp whitetop sedge (Rhynchospora latifolia), andcardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). Zones 5-8. 


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall-to-frost
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

Additional Information

rareplants.co.uk, Alpine Garden Society