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Chameleon' has striking leaves, which first appear above ground in late spring or early summer, then rapidly create a dense ground cover of red, cream and green foliage. If the colouring seems garish, grow in shade, when the red fades to leave a pretty gold-edged foliage plant. The flowers are simple, white with prominent centres. Plants spread vigorously on moist ground by underground stems, so they are best planted where they can meander among other moisture-loving plants in a bog garden, a permanently moist border, or beside a pond.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Golden variegation
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
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.
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
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