Spiranthes cernua 'Chadds Ford'
Chadds Ford Nodding Lady's Tresses
Item #: 9235
Zones: 5a to 9b, at least
Height: 18" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(syn: Spiranthes odorata) Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadds Ford' is an easy-to-grow native orchid that ranges from Virginia south to Florida. The ground-hugging, dark-green rosettes spread slowly by short underground rhizomes, creating a nice colony when growing in moist but well-drained organic soils. In mid-September, the rosettes produce 18" tall spikes spiraled with small, white, bell-shaped flowers, emitting a delightful fragrance often described as a cross between vanilla and jasmine. Spiranthes 'Chadds Ford' was discovered in the 1960s by orchid fancier Dick Ryan just before the habitat near his hometown of Bear, Delaware, was to be developed. The flowers on Spiranthes 'Chadds Ford' were larger than normal, hence the subsequent Certificate of Cultural Merit from the American Orchid Society.