Monday, April 9, 2012

Leaping lizards!

Parts of the wetland are awash in fragrant white blooms of Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus). Native to most of eastern North America but found mainly in the southeast, Lizard's Tail stream margins and shaded marshes. 

The botanical name of this plant derives from the Greek words sauros (lizard) and oura (tail) which relate to the long and narrow flower cluster and from the Latin cernuus for falling headlong which refers to the drooping shape of the blooms

These flowers have a lovely fragrance and my nose led me to this blooming patch by our boardwalk. You will be able to find Lizard's Tail blooming through most of the Spring.