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- Perennial plants native to Florida, they can grow in zones four through eleven. They grow best in a marshy or swampy area, 65 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 28 degrees Celsius).
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Saurunus Cernuus -- Lizard's Tail
Lizard’s Tail also called Swamp Lily, and Water Dragon can grow up to four feet tall, though they generally only grow to 1 foot 8 inches (.5 meters) by 1 foot (0.3 meters). Perennial plants native to Florida, they can grow in zones four through eleven. They become best in a marshy or swampy area, 65 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 28 degrees Celsius). If you have a boggy area or pond in your yard, lizard’s tails may be just the right plant. Just be cautious they are not planted where animals forage or children play as they are toxic to humans and animals if eaten in large quantities. This flowering plant must be planted in moist to wet soil, as it is an aquatic plant. It also requires part-shade to shade and flowers in April through August. Lizard’s Tail is an excellent plant for beginners since, once it plants, it does not require any care to keep it going. It is not susceptible to bugs and to propagate the plant, all that needs doing is to cut a root tip. The most significant benefit of this plant is that it provides shelter to aquatic invertebrates like fish, which in turn draws in the smaller animals that eat the insects. It also thrives, spreading by rhizomes and forming colonies. Lizard’s Tail has heart-shaped leaves of three to six inches on red, zig-zag and hairy stems. It features tiny, fragrant white flowers packed into tender, spike-like renames that droop at the tips. After the flowers die in August to September, the plant produces small, green warty fruits, which, with the drooping tips, gives the plant its common name of Lizard’s Tail. The stems grow from sprouts, which can be above or below the water line. If you are a beginning gardener or just a hobbyist, this plant may be the right one for you. It looks nice, and the crushed flowers smell similar to sassafras, but Lizard’s Tails need little attention to survive. Plant them in the right spot, and you’ll be sure to have a colony in no time.