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Chameleon Plant Houttuynia cordata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
hoo-TY-nee-ah kor-DAY-tah
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

This plant has a creeping habit and spreads by rhizomes. It is not drought-tolerant, preferring moist soil to shallow water (1-2 in.) Plant in a 1 to 2-gallon container, or an area bounded by sidewalk or driveway, since it can be invasive.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Chameleon'
  • 'Plena'
  • 'Variegata’
'Chameleon', 'Plena', 'Variegata’
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#container plant#weedy#fast growing#summer flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Chameleon'
  • 'Plena'
  • 'Variegata’
'Chameleon', 'Plena', 'Variegata’
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#container plant#weedy#fast growing#summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Houttuynia
    Species:
    cordata
    Family:
    Saururaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Edibility:
    This plant is consumed in areas of the Far East
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Water Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny flowers are on spikes surrounded by four white bracts.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves may be aromatic if crushed
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Problems:
    Invasive Species