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Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia spp.

Tatton Park Flower Show 2014 082 by www.mikepeel.net (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Chameleon Plant Overview

A monotypic genus of rhizomatous perennial flowering plants in the Saururaceae family native to Southeast Asia. The single species, Houttuynia cordata, is cultivated for its red-edged heart-shaped leaves and tiny yellow flower spikes subtended by showy white bracts. They are tolerant of most garden soils and aspects but can become invasive in damp areas. Best grown in a container to restrict its spread.

Common problems with Chameleon Plant

Other uses of Chameleon Plant

Ground cover, although invasive.