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Saururus cernuus

Also called Water Dragon


Saururus cernuus - Lizard's Tail

More About Saururus cernuus

  • Rhizomatous, marginal, aquatic perennial
  • Naturally found in swamps or slow-moving rivers and ponds
  • Heart-shaped leaves are smooth and wavy on zig-zagged stems
  • Individual fragrant white flower spikes appear on tall stalks
  • Flower spikes nod at the tips
  • Green warty fruits appear after the flowers finish
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Flower Size: 10-15 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

"Saurus" means lizard and "cernuus" means nodding, referring to the flower's nodding tips.

Zone:

3

Height:

50-90 cm

Colour:

White

Lizard's Tail Growing and Maintenance Tips

Saururus cernuus thrives in partial shade and wet, mucky soils or shallow waters (5 cm-30 cm). Tolerates full shade and sun.

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Saururus cernuus Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Wetland (Root submerged)
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Summer

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Border/edging

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