Continuing along the wildflower theme started by Elizabeth Joy at Wildflower Morning, this Nodding Ladies' Tresses is a native orchid to Ohio. I bought one when Mom and I went to the Master Gardener's Conference in Columbus in September. It doesn't have that typical orchid look to it, but it has a loveliness all its own.
The petals of the flowers are arranged in a spiral configuration along its tall spike. It's slightly fragrant, but nothing to make note of. Hardy to zone 5, I can attest to the fact that this is one tough orchid. Only when we got a hard freeze did it give up its show. Light frosts didn't harm it a bit. We'll see if it makes it through spring in my garden. I imagine it will, since its foliage still has a greenish cast to it - not brown and mushy like a lot of other things.