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Houttuynia cordata

Common name chameleon plant
Family saururaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white
Size 1 ft
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Houttuynia cordata
chameleon plant
Multicolored pink/burgundy/green foliage. Real pretty, but wants to run by roots in good garden soil - the photo at left shows the pile of roots we gathered from a smallish garden area, after allowing chameleon plant to roam freely for a few years (we're still battling the plants sprouting from roots we missed). It doesn't mind wet roots, so it can be used as pond marginal plant, but for us it hasn't proven winter-hardy that way.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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