Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon'

Plant details

Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon' is an attractive low-growing shrub, bearing a striking carpet of variegated red, cream and green leaves from late-spring. Its summer flowers are simple, white with prominent centres.It's perfect for growing as groundcover in a bog garden or around a pond.

Grow Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon' in moist soil in sun or shade. The leaves develop the brightest colours in full sun, but has pretty gold-edged leaves when grown in shade.

Family: Saururaceae

Genus: Houttuynia

Species: cordata

Cultivar: Chameleon

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Reader reviews


Very useful, i have been looking for this plant,but didnt know its Common name (Houttuynia) so now I do I`m going to get one.
Thank you.


I used the plant search to find the correct name, all I could recall was it began HOUT so top marks for a part word search, bringing the correct result in no time at all. I didnt realise it was invasive.


Houttuynia can be very invasive and is difficult to remove if it starts to take over as even a tiny piece of root will grow and spread. Roots spread about 2" to 3" below the surface of the soil so not too difficult to dig out if required.


Has a nice Orange scent however very invasive and pops up in gaps. You have been warned


Massively invasive! Irresponsible of this website not to mention this. I inherited this monster when I moved house and it is pure evil. Weed killers do nothing, and the roots, which actually go down up to 12 inches (I know, I tried digging it out) totally dominate the soil and overwhelm other plants trying to grow there. The roots are rhizomes too so even a small part left in the soil will regrow. DO NOT PLANT THIS IN YOUR SOIL. Again,you have been warned

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