Lizard's Tail

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The Lizard's Tail Plant, Saururus Cernuus is Resilient Even in Underwater Conditions

The Lizard's Tail, otherwise known as the Saururus cernuus in scientific terms, is a medicinal and ornamental plant originating from eastern North America. It grows in wet or moist areas or shallow water, reaching up to around a meter tall. Its native range covers most of the eastern United States, and spans as far west as east Texas and Kansas, south to Florida, and north to Michigan, New York, and slightly into Ontario. An obligate wetland plant can grow in saturated soils, marshes, alongside the banks of ponds and streams, and even underwater, where it serves as food and shelter.

Lizard's Tail, Saururus Cernuus Serves As Food and Habitat For Aquatic Inhabitants

A herbaceous perennial with etymologic origins deriving from the shape of its flowers, the Lizard's Tail has a hairy stem with only a few branches, and its considerably large leaves are heart-shaped. As mentioned, the Lizard's Tail can withstand underwater conditions. It provides habitats for small aquatic invertebrates, drawing in fish and other species; after the plant dies, fungi and bacteria decompose it, turning its remains into food. With white, fragrant flowers that grow on top of hairy stems opposite the top leaf and bloom in the summer months, these blooms usually grow about six and eight inches long. The flower structure spikes into an arch comprised of tiny white buds, and its seeds form a structure similar to a curved, wrinkly lizard's tail. It has an aroma similar to orange as a hydrophilic plant, and it spreads by rhizomes to form colonies.

Let us say you have a boggy area, a small pond, or a shallow pool of water in your yard. As long as you have an allowance for partial shade, you can go right ahead with planting the Liard's Tail—but before you do, consider these factors first. As a herbaceous plant, it grows best in moist areas, and with adequate sunlight, you barely need to maintain it once planted, as it spreads by rhizomes and divides through root propagation. The Lizard's Tail does not require special care throughout the winter, and this plant is more often than not ignored by bugs and disease. So as long as it receives plenty of water and partial sun, this plant will be able to thrive under any climate condition.

As per its uses in medicine, the Lizard's Tail aids in treating swelling in the bones—but for this to be effective, people would mash up its roots as a poultice and apply the plant to soothe inflammation of the chest and back. It also works as an antirheumatic and a remedy for fevers and body aches.

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