Fragrant Ladies’-tresses is an easy to grow native orchid with flowers that open in the fall to release a delightful scent between vanilla and jasmine.
- Thrives in shade or sun
- Loves wet soil
- Compact and tidy growth habit
- 12 to 18 inches tall
- Spreads to form a dense weed-suppressing colony 2 to 3 ft. across
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9
In central North Carolina, blooming starts in October and continues for about three weeks.
How to grow
Grow fragrant ladies’-tresses in sun or shade. A constantly moist to wet soil will reward you with lush, strong growth. Will tolerate the occasional dry spell, but plants will become stunted with extended drought.
Care and maintenance
No special care is needed when planting in wet soil. Just keep weeds and larger plants from invading its space.
Where to plant
At the edge of ponds, damp woods, pitcher plant bogs, and even in containers sitting in a saucer of water.
When to plant
Plant anytime through the growing season and remember to keep plants watered until they get established.
18 and 24 inches apart when planting in a group.
When will my plant flower?
Plants planted in spring and summer will bloom in the fall.
Native habitat and range
Grows in swamps and marshes along the coastal plain from southeastern Virginia to Texas. Plants can sometimes be submerged underwater for several weeks at a time.
Source and origin
Propagated here at the nursery by division from a plant that originated in a southeastern North Carolina swamp forest.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship orders at the beginning of the week so they don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after midnight on Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.What shipping carriers do you use?
UPS Ground and occasionally USPS Priority Mail for some smaller orders.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.