Saururus cernuus

Lizard's-tail

Saururaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers, 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: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Eaten by wood ducks and other foraging birds.

Insects:
  

Nectar plant for hairstreaks and other insects esp. bees and flies, but apparently mostly wind pollinated.   Reported to be liked by dragonflies for perching.

Native Habitats:Shallow water of streams, swamps, wet forests, ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

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