Could be confused with
North America, China
Species commonly cultivated
Saururus cernuus L. (eastern North America)
S. chinensis (Lour.) Baill. (China)
Saururus cernuus is introduced into Europe.
rarely considered weedy
Perennial, herbaceous. Leaves alternate, widely spaced on erect or ascending stem, petiolate; stipule very small; leaf blade ovate, venation palmate; base cordate; margin entire. Inflorescence a long curved spike of small bisexual or unisexual flowers. Flowers short-pedicellate; sepals and petals absent; stamens 4 or 6, conspicuous. Dispersal by seed. Aromatic when damaged.
swamps and bogs, particularly on wet ground and in littoral zone of ponds and streams
In China, Saururus chinensis is used for its medicinal qualities.