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Saururus cernuus Lizard's Tail Water Dragon

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Saururus cernuus Lizard's Tail Water Dragon

Saururus cernuus is also known as Lizard’s Tail or Water Dragon.


Saururus cernuus creates a well-developed root system and a long, round, straight standing, zigzag stem. It can reach a height of up to 1 m. The leaves are petiolated, heart-shaped, green and slightly wavy at the edges.

If planted in the soil, it has a bottlebrush spike of white flowers in July and August.


Lizard’s Tail grows well in mud in paludarium at moderate light, high humidity and a temperature of 23-25 ​​° C. The best substrate is the mix of  sand, clay and peat.

Saururus cernuus can be planted in water gardens  bog gardens, ornamental pools and ponds as marginal plant.


Water Dragon can of course also be grown under water in aquarium. It is especially well known among Dutch aquarists because it grows slowly. It tolerates soft and hard water as well.  The range of pH is :6-8 and  temperature:18-25 ° C. Saururus cernuus reproduces by dividing rhizomes or cuttings shoots.

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