Not to be confused with :
Lady's Mantle, Lady's Bedstraw,
Lady's Teardrops, nor Lady Fern, [plants of similar names belonging to different families]. Nor to
Lady's Slipper Orchid or Lady Orchid [other members of the Orchid Family].
Can be confused with plants from the same Genus:
Lady's Tresses such as
Summer Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes aesitvalis), Irish Lady's-Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana) which also have the flowers arranged spirally up the stem and Creeping Lady's Tresses (Goodyera repens), which doesn't.
Said to smell variously of 'almonds', 'vanilla' or to have a 'fragrant' aroma, take your pick.
Habitat: Likes grassland. Occupies mainly southern UK.
The basal leaves, which are broad and bluish-green, wither before the flowering stem emerges. The four petals differ from the usual arrangement of three 'petals' and upper and lower lips so prevalent amongst orchids.