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Chameleon Plant ‘Houttuynia cordata’

Chameleon Plant ‘Houttuynia cordata’

*Please note - All aquatic plants ship bare - root.

Chameleon plant lives up to its name with yellow and red variegated heart shaped green leaves.  

Heat tolerant

Foliage interest

Water plant


Plant Type:  Annual

Height Category:  Average

Garden Height: 8 - 12 inches

Spacing:  18 - 24 Inches

Spread:  24 - 48 Inches

Flower Colors: White

Foliage Colors:  Burgundy, red, yellow, green

Habit:  Upright


Light Requirement: Sun to Part Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Maintenance Category:  Moderate

Bloom Time:  Late Spring

Hardiness Zones:  5 - 10

Water Category:  Consistent

Uses:  Landscape, beds, ponds, water gardens, bog gardens, containers.

Maintenance Notes:  Chameleon plant grows best in moist, humusy soil and full sun or part shade. (But note the brightly variegated leaves develop better color when grown in full sun.) It readily tolerates 2 or more inches of standing water, which makes it a great plant for growing along a stream or pond, or in a water garden. No matter where you site chameleon plant, it's essential to confine this rampant grower that spreads via rhizomes. For in-ground planting, site it where structures such as sidewalks or buildings can restrict growth. Or, put the plant in a soil-filled container without drainage holes. Sink the container into the ground, leaving the lip of the pot 2 inches above the soil line. You can also place the container in a pond or stream, situating it so the rim is just below the water surface. For ultimate peace of mind, restrict chameleon plant to a container garden.

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