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Saururus

Saururus (Lizard's Tail)

The common name, Lizard's Tail, is derived from the shape of the fruiting structure, as it has a somewhat herpetological quality to it. Saururus is a marginal aquatic plant and grows best in consistently moist sites. Read More

More Information About Saururus

Saururus is a genus of just two species, S. cernuus and S. chinensis. Saururus cernuus is a North American native plant found in the eastern half of the US from Texas to Maine. Saururus chinensis is, as the name implies, Asian. The common name, Lizard's Tail, is derived from the shape of the fruiting structure, as it has a somewhat herpetological quality to it. Saururus is a marginal aquatic plant and grows best in consistently moist sites such as along the edge of a pond or bog. In a good site, Saururus will spread via underground rhizomes to form a dense patch of vegetation.

Our colonial ancestors used Saururus as a sedative and tumor suppressor. In the 1950s, Saururus was discovered to have antipsychotic properties, too. Saururus is a relative of another popular perennial plant, Houttuynia, which also favors moist sites. Like its botanical cousin, Saururus has pleasant citrus-scented leaves and flowers. Try pairing Saururus with Houttuynia, Sarracenia, Osmunda or Carex in your bog garden today. We think that you will like it a lot. When you are ready to buy Saururus for your garden, check out our online list of Saururus for sale.