Only two species of Saururus
exist. One is found in eastern Asia. Lizard
tail is native to North America from Texas and Florida barely into
This plant spreads rapidly by rhizomes in swamps and the edges of streams. It has
a slender, arching spike of small white flowers above the leaves in spring.
Leaves are aromatic when crushed.
See this plant in wet natural areas around campus.
Herbaceous perennial to about two feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: requires a wet soil, tolerates periodic flooding
Soil: moist soil is essential, no other special requirements
This native plant is easy to grow in a wet site. It grows
densest and flowers best in full sun.
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