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SAURURUS cernuus

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Felder Rushing

Family

Saururaceae

Botanical Name

SAURURUS cernuus

Plant Common Name

Lizard's Tail

General Description

Lizard's tail is an aquatic perennial native to the wetlands of eastern North America. It is hardy, herbaceous and spreads fairly aggressively via underground runners.

In summer, arching, fragrant white flower spikes appear above heart-shaped leaves. These have a sinuous appearance that suggests a reptilian tail.

This interesting perennial grows best in full sun to partial shade and moist organic-rich soil. It is ideal for naturalistic water gardens, though if left unchecked will spread to form large, dense colonies.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Aquatics

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    1'-5' / 0.3m - 1.5m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Water Gardens, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes