Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Pollen may cause allergic reaction
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Apr 25, 2013, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:
I love this plant! I have a clump of these growing amongst the fern in a damp part of my yard, near my natural spring. It grows in filtered sunlight & has very attractive flowers and leaves. Easy to grow, and very hardy. This is a native plant which came up on it's own.
On Feb 21, 2011, albergord from East Hampton, NY wrote:
I have something that looks just like this but I was told it was "Goosenecks".... are they the same? It has run rampant over a few years, and this year I have to start digging it up as soon as it appears. Very pretty, but really takes over.
On Jan 31, 2008, rjuddharrison from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Hardy plant, that is a vigorous grower. If your in to butterfly gardening this plant is also attractive to catipillars. My plant is often defoliated as the larvae consume all of the leaves. Plant grows back just fine.
On Jan 30, 2008, slncls425 from Wrightsville, PA wrote:
I have the Saururus cernuus pictured and also have a similar one sold to me at a south central Pennsylvania garden center as "red-stemmed lizard's tail".
I wonder if the red-stemmed variety is native to the US or not? My observation is that the red-stemmed plant is more vigorous or aggressive depending on your outlook. Both are growing in a lined garden pond.
On Jun 19, 2003, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:
It's a biennial from seed.
We've had great luck w/ seed collecting and divisions.
A definite MUST for water gardens.
Ours has an earlier bloom time than listed above.
It opened today, last day of Spring.
Plant grows very well in the alkaly west and can provide bloom untill the frost kills top growth in late fall. It has performed well in gardens and ponds of mine in northen and southern parts of the state. Grow in pots in a pond, or in perminent locations in bog or waters edge. Makes a striking cascade down the side of a waterfall.
On Aug 8, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Lizard's Tail is a native to the Eastern half of the U.S. It blooms in the shade, a rare trait among water plants. Very easy to grow, it thrives on the edges of shallow water or in a boggy setting. Plant the fleshy rhizomes no more than 6" deep in a pond.
Blooms in white curving racemes (hence its whimsical name) in early summer. Second year to grow this plant, and I'm very happy with its performance.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Vincent, Alabama Morrilton, Arkansas Merced, California Santa Clara, California Asbury Lake, Florida Bartow, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Brandon, Florida Fruitville, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Niceville, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Port Saint Joe, Florida Siesta Key, Florida Aldora, Georgia Broxton, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Hanna City, Illinois Ewing, Kentucky Mandeville, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland Fallston, Maryland Mathiston, Mississippi Olive Branch, Mississippi Fredericton, New Brunswick Croton-on-hudson, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Greenville, North Carolina Chesterland, Ohio Corning, Ohio Wrightsville, Pennsylvania Murfreesboro, Tennessee Viola, Tennessee Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Houston, Texas Santa Fe, Texas La Verkin, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Canvas, West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia