Water Dragon or Lizard's tail, Saururus cernuus L. 2 plants
Conditions Comments: A Beautiful plant with long, finger-like flowers that appear during the summer months. Crushed foliage has a pleasant, sassafras aroma. Lizard tail is a great spreading groundcover for moist soils, shallow water, and containers. Good for wetland gardens and habitat. Colonizes large areas. Can withstand saturated soils of up to 4 in. inundation.
Medicinal: The Catawba and Waccamaw Indians used lizards tail as a poltice to Prevent infection and inflammation in wounds. . Over time, the plant has been used as a general medicine for a variety of illnesses. Lignan compounds and other chemicals in Lizard-Tail have been shown to provide it with chemical defense against aquatic herbivores such as crayfish and leaches. Recent biochemical studies indicate that compounds from this plant have potential for treatment of tumors.
GROWING CONDITIONS: Lizard-Tail grows in streams, ponds, and in other wetland situations. It is an excellent water garden plant. Hardy to zone 7
Water Use: High Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist Aquatic: yes Soil Description: Wet soils. Mud.