Saururus cernuus

Common name: Lizard Tail

Native plant

Lizard Tail grows in areas that periodically flood as well as standing water. Light exposure preference ranges from full sun to a fair amount of sun. It is easy to identify in the wild with it's distinctive foliage and white plume flowers. It can be found growing happily in the Kankakee River and most wet areas in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Wetlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
7 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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