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Houttuynia cordata Chameleon
  • houttuynia is a fast spreading groundcover
  • Houttuynia is a multi-colored plants that is extremely vigorous growing
  • Houttuynia variegated - Fall Color
  • Fast spreading groundcover
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Houttuynia cordata Chameleon

Fast Spreading Ground Cover for Sun or Shade!
Item: #HOUCH1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8
As low as $10.19
  • For ponds, water gardens & containers!
  • Beautiful tri-color leaves
  • Fast spreading groundcover
  • Not bothered by insects of diseases
  • Jumbo 1 Quart pot
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Houttuynia cordata Chameleon Description

Chameleon Houttuynia is a fast spreading, moisture loving groundcover that thrives from full sun to full shade. 

Houttuynia grows aggressively, and spreads quickly by underground rhizomes.  Plants grow so vigorously they will need to be restrained by concrete barriers to restrict spread.

Houttuynia is easily grown in moist to dry soils in full sun to part shade. Chameleon features green leaves with shades of red, pink, yellow and/or cream on bright red stems and stay attractive from spring thru fall. Small greenish white flowers on 1 foot spikes in spring.

Grow in containers in a waterside setting, where plants can be submerged up to 2" above the crowns.

Plant this indestructible groundcover as an underplanting to taller Shrubs such as Hydrangeas.

Features: Color Change, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fast Growing, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Multi-season Interest, Pest Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Variegated 

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'
  • Common Name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Sun, Part Shade, Shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
    Normal, Sandy, Clay
  • Soil Moisture:
    Dry, Average, Moist
  • Height x Width:
    8-18" X 24"
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
    Early Summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Container Gardening, Edging, Erosion Cotrol or Embankment, Ground Cover, Massing, Rain Garden, Slopes, Under planting, Waterside, Woodland
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK,CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:None

Ideas and How-to's



Soil: Easily grown in humus, consistently moist to wet soils.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Variegated cultivars develop best foliage color in full sun.
Water:  Medium to wet  Regarded as a water plant
Spacing: 2 - 3 feet -- In water gardens, grow in containers as marginal aquatic plants, or in moist boggy area as ground cover. Plants tolerate up to 2" of standing water over the crowns.
Fertilizing: Spring application of organic matter.
Winterizing: No specific care needed
Maintenance & Pruning:  We recommend not planting in the perennial bed. Plants spread aggressively by rhizomes and may need to be restrained by soil barriers or planted in areas where fixed structures such as sidewalks or buildings will restrict spread.


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