Saururus cernuus

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring-summer. Forms colonies.
Habitats:Shallow water of streams, swamps, wet forests, ditches.


Recommended Uses:This is a wetland plant. It can form dense patches making good groundcover in wet areas.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Eaten by wood ducks and other foraging birds.

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