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Lizard's tail
(Saururus cernuus)

Lizard's tail

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Scientific name
Saururus cernuus
Saururus lucidus

Common name
Lizard's tail
Dragon's tail
Swamp root


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Western North America (United States and Canada)

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 10-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0.1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0.01-0.5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?



What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 15 to 26°C or 59 to 79°F
pH: 6.5 to 7.5
Hardness: 5 to 15°dGH





what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

30 to 80cm (12 to 31.5")


in which area of the aquarium install this plant?

Middle and background


how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Lizard's tail?


Who is the Lizard's tail?

saururus cernuus sur berges

In nature, this plant is found in marshes. It is also an amphibious plant, capable of thriving in and out of water.

Pretty and attractive, it forms very elegant spikes when flowering. It is also a purifying plant.

Often used for ponds, it is becoming increasingly rare in aquariums. Its main use in the latter case is in "Dutch" aquariums.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Lizard's tail?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Lizard's tail?

Preferably let it protrude from the water surface (ideal for open aquariums!). It will then grow to about 30 centimetres. Plant the feet in groups of 3-4 every 20 cm (8"). If you want to put it in a basket, choose a basket size of at least 15x25x25 cm.

Bright lighting will promote its good growth. Otherwise, it may wither away. But even under ideal conditions, this plant grows quite slowly with one new leaf per month.

The ideal planting season for this species is from March to September.

During the summer it will look good in an outdoor pond, which it decorates with its beautiful creamy white flowers. It will be able to fix the banks. If it likes the location, it could reach 1 meter high!

fleur de saururus cernuus


How to farm the Lizard's tail?


How to farm the Lizard's tail?

It is quite easy to multiply Saururus cernuus. Cut off portions of about 15 cm or 6" from the mother foot and replant them a little further. Be very delicate during the operation so as not to crush the fragile stem.

Good To know

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Good To know

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Goldfish won't touch this plant. On the other hand, protect your plants from chewing or uprooting in the presence of carp.

Its common name comes from the shape of its spikes, which resemble lizard tails.

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