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AKA Chameleon Plant


**This plant is considered invasive.  We recommend not planting.


A spectacular show of color! Depending on how much sunlight is available, the Chameleon plant changes color, hence the common name. In shady areas, the leaves will be variegated green and cream. With more sun, they will take on striking hues of yellow, pink, and scarlet red. In early summer, nickel-sized, white flowers appear sporadically.  Houttuynia is a groundcover that is very easy to grow just about anywere. Its main requirement is consistant moisture, and it can even grow in shallow water. It is a vigorous grower, and care must be taken to prevent it from overrunning the garden. A root barrier is recommended or plants can be grown in deep, bottomless containers in ponds.

Common Name: Korean Houttuynia, Chameleon Plant
Botanical Name: Houttuynia
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Will grow in moist to wet soils as well as well-drained or loamy soils with a neutral pH (7.0)
Light Requirements: Full sun, partial sun, partial shade, full shade
Attributes: Will grow in moist soils, ground cover
Pests: Aphids
Diseases: Root rot (if soil is kept too wet)
Good Companion Plants: Japanese Anemone, Aster, Astilbe, Sibierian Iris, Hakonechloa, Carex, Monkshood, Rosemallow
Care: Divide in spring or fall if necessary.  Fertilize with Plant-tone or a water soluble fertilizer.  

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule



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Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'
Korean Houttuynia
zones 5-9
Description:  The foliage of this plant has some of the most dramatic coloring you'll find in the landscape.  The heart-shaped leaves have random and overlapping zones of green, creamy white, pink and red all on the same leaf!  The red color becomes even more vivid in full sun.  It produces small white blossoms in late spring, resembling miniature Dogwood flowers. 
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Foliage Color: Variegated; green/white/pink/red
Height: 6-8"
Spread: 12"+

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