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Saururus cernuus/Lizard's Tail

Saururus cernuus / Saururus cernuus
White spring flowers and rich green foliage
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White spring flowers and rich green foliage

Planting growing in a moist soil

Flowers and foliage

Close-up of white flowers

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Scientific Name: Saururus cernuus
Common Name: Lizard's Tail
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Wet, Poorly drained
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is an excellent perennial for wet, marshy soils. Plants spread by underground runners and form colonies of lizard's tail plants in a short time when soils are wet. The spikes of flowers are bottlebrushlike and curve at the tips. The leaves are arrow-shaped. This is a popular plant for water gardens either growing in soil and in submerged pots.