Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: wet
Soil Description: acid, average, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, emergent, fragrant flowers, fragrant plant, fragrant root, mat-forming, medicinal, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, poisonous, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, water garden plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Saururus cernuusAlso known as:
Saururus cernuus produces dense, mounding plants made up of heart-shaped leaves up to 6" long, arranged on zigzagging, branching stems. When grown unrestrained, plants will grow to a height of 4', but are typically shorter in cultivation. the tiny white flowers are fragrant and appear on drooping, 6" long terminal racemes that resemble a lizard's tail, hence the common name.
Lizard's tail is a marginal, aquatic perennial. It can be grown as an attractive containerized specimen in a pond or water garden, or be left to naturalize in a large enough setting. It can be found growing in marshes, swamps, bogs, stream margins, and freshwater wetlands in full sun, as well well as under rather dense tree cover. It should be planted in soil that is consistently wet, or may be submerged up to a depth of 4". It will spread by rhizomes to form dense colonies. Zones 4-10
Propagate by division, or root cuttings.
All parts of the plant emit a light citrusy fragrance, particularly when bruised or crushed. The scientific genus Saururus is derived from the Greek word saurus, meaning lizard-like. This is another reference to the flower's appearance. Both the roots and leaves have been known to have anti-inflammatory properties, but should also be considered toxic if ingested in large quantities.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: CT, RI
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