This very pretty and rather slender-stemmed plant is generally smaller than the Large Purple Fringed Orchis and grows from one to three feet high, in wet woods, swamps and meadows, where it unfolds its fragrant, shorter-fringed lilac blossoms, during July and August. The smooth, angular, purple-stained stalk bears a few thin, tough and pointed-oval or lance-shaped leaves which are clasping and alternating. The flowers and their arrangement are quite similar to the following species. The petals are toothed, however, and the three-parted, fan-shaped divisions of the lip are not so deeply fringed, while the slender spur is more curved. Altogether this Orchid resembles its beautiful larger and earlier-blossoming sister so closely that it is often confused with it. Happily, the Smaller Purple Fringed species is very common and more easily found. It ranges from Newfoundland to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Indiana.