Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis
slender lady's tresses

Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis
Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis
Common name: slender lady's tresses
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4" - 24"
Foliage: basal leaves egg shaped or absent
Flower: small, white, in a spirally twisted spike, lip with a green center and white margins
Flowering time: blooms early July to mid September; rarely to mid October
Habitat: open, usually dry, sterile, sandy soils of woods, shaded edges, meadows, barrens
Range in New Jersey: local statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: Native Americans have historically used this plant for cultural and medicinal purposes.