Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

heart-leaved houttuynia 'Chameleon'

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Buy Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' heart-leaved houttuynia 'Chameleon': A colourful groundcover for moist soils

This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist to wet or boggy, humus-rich, acidic soil
  • Depth of water: 0-10cm (0-4in)
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period:April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Less vigorous than the species, 'Chameleon' makes excellent ground cover at the margins of a pond - or in reliably moist (and boggy) soils in the border. Spreading to form a generous swathe, its ovate to heart-shapes leaves are variously patterned in shades of green, pale yellow and red. These add a bright splash of colour, and if bruised will emit an orange-like aroma. In spring, the flowerheads appear, and these are composed of a small, densely packed spike of tiny yellowish green flowers, which is encased at its base with a ruff of petal-like bracts that turn from green to white as they age.

  • Garden care: You can limit the spread of this plant, by potting it into a pond basket. Divide over-large clumps in spring.

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