Lizard's Tail - Package of 25 Plants
The Interesting Lizard's Tail Plant
Lizard's Tail, scientifically known as Saururus cernuus, is a native North American perennial plant that grows in wetland areas such as swamps, marshes, and riverbanks. It gets its name from the long, tapering shape of its white or pink flower spikes, resembling a lizard's Tail.
Physical Characteristics of Lizard's Tail Plant
The Lizard's Tail plant grows up to three feet tall and has long, narrow, pointed leaves arranged in a whorled pattern around the stem. The flowers of the plant bloom from June to September and grow in long, cylindrical spikes that can reach up to eight inches in length. The fragrant flowers attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Cultural Significance of Lizard's Tail Plant
The Lizard's Tail plant has a long history of medicinal use by Native American tribes. The plant treated various ailments, including respiratory problems, diarrhea, and skin conditions. The plant roots were also used as a poultice to treat wounds and bruises.
Growing and Cultivating Lizard's Tail Plant
Lizard's Tail is relatively easy to grow and can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. The plant prefers damp soil and partial shade. Lizard's Tail is an excellent choice for naturalizing wetland areas, and it is also suitable for use in water gardens or as a border plant.
Environmental Benefits of Lizard's Tail Plant
Lizard's Tail is an essential plant for wetland ecosystems, providing habitat and food for various wildlife species, including birds, bees, and butterflies. The plant also helps to stabilize wetland soils, preventing erosion and reducing the risk of flooding. In addition, Lizard's Tail is an effective biofilter, helping to remove pollutants from water.