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Saururus cernuus

Lizard’s tail

Saururus cernuus is a native plant that is widespread throughout the southeast. It is found mostly in wetland habitats, including brackish marshes. It grows best in soils that are wet and occasionally (or permanently) submerged in water, and in full sun to part shade. It has heart shaped leaves and grows up to three feet. It dies back almost completely in the winter. Showy, drooping, white flowers are produced in the late spring that have a citrusy aroma (and are shaped vaguely like tails, hence the common name of Lizard’s tail). These flowers attract pollinators. Saururus cernuus works well for restoration projects and pond plantings, or as a specimen plant in a wet yard.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Saururus cernuus - Bare Root - Herbaceous

Lizard’s tail

960 in stock

$2.4250+ $1.21ea

Plant type

  • Flowering Perennial

Mature Height

  • Up to 3'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (OBL) Obligate wetland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Shallow Water
  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Littoral Shelf
  • Floodplain
  • Vegetated Shelf

Classification by Use

  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Green Roof
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Mitigation