Name: Spiranthes spiralis (L.) Chev.
Croatian name: Zasukica
English name: Autumn Lady's-tresses
I must admit I haven't seen this orchid anywhere in the nature before, although it is one of the orchid species belonging to the Croatian flora. I photographed this one on the lawn in my garden! I spotted it last year by mowing wondering where it came from! It is an interesting plant, probably rare and now my garden little treasure.
It is a long-lived perennial with a tuberous root. The lower leaves are oval.
The stem has no leaves. The main characteristic of this orchid is spiral inflorescence. It blooms in late August and September. The flowers are white and they open from the bottom to the top of the stem. They are pollinated mainly by bees and bumblebees.
The plant prefers well drained, alkaline soil.