Lizards Tail

Also known as:
Swamp Lily, Mouse's Ear
Family:
Saururaceae
Origin:
North America

General description

Erect, hardy, perennial marginal plant <60cm high. Dark green alternate leaves heart or arrow-shaped. White flowers (Nov-Jan) arch above foliage in bottlebrush-like spikes <20cm long, drooping tip resembling lizard’s tail; form nutlets.

Wetlands, swamps, drains, streams, lake edges.

Underground runners & stem fragments.

Displaces native species.

Site management

In narrow waterways, reduce light with riparian planting. Follow up to control regrowth.

Recommended approaches

1. Very little known about control. Spray (100ml glyphosate/10L, use glyphosate formulation approved for use over water).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
lizards tail - Main species image