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Saururus cernuus - L.
                 
Common Name Swamp Lily, Lizard's Tail
Family Saururaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet soil, fresh or slightly brackish water to depth of 50cm from sea level to 500 metres[270].
Range Eastern N. America - Rhode Island to Florida, west to Texas and Minnesota.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Saururus cernuus Swamp Lily, Lizard


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Saururus cernuus Swamp Lily, Lizard
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Physical Characteristics
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Saururus cernuus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Pond; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Poultice;  Sedative;  Stomachic.

Sedative[61]. An infusion of the roots has been used as a wash in the treatment of rheumatism[257]. The root is roasted then mashed and made into a poultice to treat sore breasts[207, 222, 257]. A boiled extract of the roots is used as a poultice to heal flesh wounds[245]. The dried leaves can be made into a tea and drunk for the treatment of back and breast pains[207], it is also used in treating stomach ailments[222].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
This is a plant for a boggy area of the garden, it is able to withstand temporary flooding[56]. It prefers a loamy soil[1] growing well in pond margins though it spreads vigorously[56]. It can succeed in damp sites in the woodland as well as in the bog garden[200]. Prefers a position in full sun but tolerates some shade[188]. Plants are fairly cold tolerant, but are best given a protective mulch in the winter[56]. The flowers are fragrant[245].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in early autumn. Sow stored seed in late winter or early spring. Keep the pots moist by standing them in shallow water[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[1, 200]. The plants spread freely and division is possible at almost any time in the growing season. Divisions taken in mid to late summer should be overwintered in pots in a cold frame and then be planted out in late spring. Regular division maintains the vigour of the plant[200].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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