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Spiranthes cernua ‘Chadds Ford’

Native Plants

Chadds Ford White Nodding Ladies’-Tresses

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In autumn, this terrestrial orchid 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 white nodding 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 orchid performs best under low competition but is a good companion for Andromeda polifolia, Sarracenia spp., Rhynchospora latifolia, and Lobelia cardinalis.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-fall, mid-fall
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

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