Saururus cernuus

lizard's-tail

Saururaceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-3 ft    Width: 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: This is a wetland plant. It can form dense patches making good groundcover in wet areas.
Propagation: Seed, nursery grown plants, division.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Nectar plant for hairstreaks and other pollinators. Eaten by wood ducks and other foraging birds.
Native Habitats: Shallow water of streams, swamps, wet forests, ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Other Comments: Both the common and scientific genus names refer to the lizard-like shape of the drooping flower head.