Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus) bears drooping spikes of tiny white fragrant flowers from June to August set against dark green heart to lanceolate shaped leaves. The flowers, leaves and roots have a pleasant citrus scent. A native of North America it is also less commonly known as the ‘Water Dragon’. The flower spikes gently nod in the breeze, and the common and latin names refer to these nodding flower spikes. Happiest in part shade but will also tolerate full sun or shade, though in full sun the leaves may yellow a little. Can be planted in pond margins in still or slowly moving water or the bog garden.
Saururus comes from saurus (lizard )and cernuus means nodding