Spiranthes odorata 'Chadds Ford'
Common Name: orchid
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Orchidaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: September to frost
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant


Best grown in moist, boggy, acidic soils in part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This spiranthes cultivar is an orchid which features small, fragrant, white flowers densely arranged in two slightly spiral-like rows on spikes growing to 2' tall. Blooms in late summer to fall, often to the first frost. Lance-shaped, linear leaves in basal clusters, with some leaves extending up the flower spike. Species is a native U.S. plant which frequently occurs in southern marshes, bogs, swamps, moist meadows and other wet places. This cultivar is taller and produces larger flowers than the species. Spiranthes comes from Greek speira meaning spiral and anthos meaning flower. The spiraling flower arrangement is the result of uneven cell growth which results in a twisting of the flower stems. Spiranthes is often commonly called ladies'-tresses.


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Rock gardens, moist woodland areas, edges of ponds, streams or water gardens.