Plant Care Lizard's tail

Lizard's tail

About Lizard's tail

Lizard's Tail is an emergent wetland plant. The common name comes from the appearance of the flowers and later the fruit. This plant occurs in swamps and shallow water and can be planted on the pond's edges or in the water. It can be propagated by seed or root division.


Saururus cernuus

Also known as

Water-dragon, Dragon's tail and Swamp root

How to care for Lizard's tail


How often to water your Lizard's tail

Water needs for Lizard's tail
0.5 cups
every 9

Lizard's tail needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Lizard's tail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lizard's tail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Lizard's tail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Lizard's tail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Lizard's tail

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lizard's tail: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Lizard's tail after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Lizard's tail is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Lizard's tail

Lizard's tail

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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