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Saururus cernuus

 
Saururus cernuus
lizard's tail

Common name lizard's tail
Family saururaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white (summer)
Size 12-24"
Cultural notes marginal aquatic (water 4-8" deep)

Heart-shaped leaves, fragrant white drooping flower spikes. This was part of the plant package we got with our filtration bog, but I thought it had perished in its first winter, when the bog was dry due to a leak. Surprise! Nearly two years later, all of a sudden there it is, in bloom with lush foliage - a bit hidden in between all the other plantings in the bog, but definitely exerting itself with the curvy flowers and mid-green, shapely leaves. Since then, it has established itself more strongly, taking up a good stretch of the bog when it is at its peak in early summer.

Saururus cernuus

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: pond filtration bog

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