Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata

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

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Its a herbaceous perennial plant. Makes a great use for ground cover for pond/water garden margins, bog gardens and moist borders. ‘Chameleon’ synonymous with ‘Variegata’ and ‘Tricolor’ which features 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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed

Propagate seeds in Spring.

Division

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

Special features

Pot plant

Wet sites

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

Special features

Origin

Asia, Native to Japan, Korea, southern China and Southeast Asia.

Natural climate

Temperate and subtropical areas.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

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.

Personality

Family

Saururaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, White

Scent

None

Problems

Aphids and slugs.

Related Problems

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