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Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata

Also known as

Fish Mint, Fish Leaf, Lizard Tail, Heartleaf, Fishwort, Bishop's Weed

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Chameleon Plant Overview

Houttuynia cordata is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Saururaceae family. Makes a great use for ground cover for pond/water garden margins, bog gardens and moist borders. The cultivars ‘Chameleon’, ‘Variegata’ and ‘Tricolor’ are synonymous, featuring green leaves variegated with shades of red, pink, yellow and/or cream on bright red stems. Used in traditional medicinal purposes and also used in culinary.

Common problems with Chameleon Plant

Aphids and slugs.

How to harvest Chameleon Plant

The leaves and young shoots are harvested in the spring when about 8cm long.

How to propagate Chameleon Plant

Seed

Propagate seeds in Spring.

Division

Take semi-ripe cuttings of young basal shoots in Spring.

Special features of Chameleon Plant

Pot plant

Wet sites

Grows vigourous in bog areas! make sure to limit their spreading.

Other uses of Chameleon Plant

Ground cover, bog, fragrance, semi-aquatic, under shrubs

Medicinal

Treatment of infectious diseases, herpes treatment, anti-poison properties, pneumonia treatment, detoxification ability, diuretic benefits, weight management and diabetes Treatment.

Edible

Leaf vegetable, taste fishy, used in salads and cooked with other vegetables.

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