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
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- Botanical Name:
Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'
- Common Name:
- Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part Shade, Shade
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- Soil Type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
- Soil Moisture:
Dry, Average, Moist
- Height x Width:
8-18" X 24"
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
- Bloom Season:
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
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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.
ReviewsWrite a reviewINVASIVE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTAINJody Ridky | Aug 8, 2017This "ground cover" was givien to me by a friend. Lesson learned! Read all about a gift plant before you accept it. It is HIGHLY INVASIVE and impossible to get rid of without digging up an entire bed and then sifting through to get every little bit of rhizome. It travels far and wide. In the deep shade, it is green and seems to develop color with the sun. It has invaded my day lily bed and has grown to a height of 18" or more to reach the sun above the day lilies. WHen it became apparent to me that it was invasive, I took a sample to the local garden center for identification. Not only were they able to identify it immediately, they told me they won't sell it because it is so invasive. I would recommend either NOT getting this or planting it where you don't care how invasive it is. And yes, it can jump from one flower bed to another some distance away. This fall I will be digging up an expansive day lily bed with the hopes of being able to get rid of this HORRIBLE invader.Owner Response: 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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