Fragrant Ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes odorata

Regular price $14

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Next crop ready:
Spring 2021

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

Flowering period

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 on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.

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.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?

If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.

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.