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Saururus cernuus (Lizard Tail)

Lizard's Tail, Lizard Tail, Breastweed, Water Dragon, Swamp Lily, American Swamp Lily


Saururus cernuus (Lizard Tail) is a rhizomatous, marginal aquatic perennial boasting erect, branching stems clothed with dark green, heart-shaped leaves, 3-6 in. long (7-15 cm). Blooming for about a month in spring or summer (depending on geographic areas), slender, nodding spikes of tiny white flowers resembling lizard tails are on display. They give way to small green fruits. The flowers, leaves and roots exude a pleasant citrus aroma. Lizard tail is a great spreading groundcover for moist soils, shallow water, and containers.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall and wide (30-60 cm). Unrestrained rhizomes will spread to form colonies.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in boggy ground or pond margin in water no deeper than 4 in. (10 cm).
  • Great as a groundcover or for water gardens, bog gardens, along ponds and streams or containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by division in spring. Divide regularly to maintain vigor. Cut back after flowering.
  • Native to eastern North America, from Ontario, Quebec and southern New England south to Florida and Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Heat Zones 5 – 10
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Heat Zones 5 – 10
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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