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Lizard's tail
Saururus cernuus
Saururaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-2 feet in height. Usually spreading and forming patches broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central North America west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marshes and swamps.

Soils: Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade or full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Inconspicuous indehiscent carpels.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food for birds.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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