Heart-shaped foliage of Saururus cernuus (Lizard's Tail) in quart size pots.

Saururus cernuus (Lizard's Tail) Unity Grown

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Saururus cernuus (Lizard's Tail) is a medium-height wetland plant with heart-shaped leaves that produce a citrus or sassafras aroma when crushed. In the summer months, lizard's tail produce a long, drooping spike of white flowers, usually 6-8" in length, which turns brown after the flowers reach maturity; this darker colored flower spike's resemblance to a lizard's tail is what gives the plant its name.

As a wetland plant, lizard's tail is perfectly suited for use in a rain garden or in any areas prone to flooding, and can be used for wetland restoration projects. In addition, lizard's tail is valuable forage for both wood ducks and beavers.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green
Features: Fragrant, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, and Attracts Birds
Tolerances: Flood Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Rain Garden, Wetland Restoration, and Container

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