Spiranthes porrifolia, the Western Ladies'-tresses, is one of three Spiranthes in Washington. It is more abundant in Oregon and California, but is known from only one location in Washington. We visited that location this summer with friends from Germany and found it growing where expected, but only a very few plants where in previous years we had found as many as sixty or seventy plants. The location was very hot and dry this summer, more so than usual and earlier than usual and that may account for the lack of plants. This species is taller than our more common Hooded Ladies-tresses, Spiranthes romanzoffiana, and has flowers that are more tubular and more cream-colored than that species.