Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Lizard’s Tail

Saururus cernuus
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
High
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

24 to
48
inches

Spread:

24 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
60
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in shallow water around the edge of ponds. The thick mat of roots help stabilize pond banks.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in shallow water to moist or wet soil in full to medium sun. Spreads moderately underground.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant
Basic Description

Heart-shaped leaves on vertical stems give rise to creamy white flower spikes with drooping tips. The flower spikes are 6 to 8 in. long. When the flowers go to seed the curving spike is covered with grayish nutlets that look similar to a lizard’s tail. All parts of the plant smell like citrus.

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