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Spiranthes bightensis ‘Chadds Ford

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Chadds Ford Atlantic Ladies’-Tresses

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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. 

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    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

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