Orchidaceae
Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Hooded Ladies' Tresses

Stem erect, with dense spike of flowers. Basal leaves to 5 in. long; stem leaves reduced to bracts. Flowers pure white, in 3 precise rows, twisting as they spire upward. Flower with upper petals and sepals fused into inflated hood; lower petal violin-shaped, extending down and back toward stem, tip hairless. Grows in wet places, along streams, bogs, marshes, in prairies and meadows, in all elevations to timberline.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--24 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, Subalpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Coastal
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, West Gorge, Siskiyous, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes