Sunday, June 24, 2012

Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata
A fast growing to invasive, rhizomatous groundcover perennial that is native to eastern Asia. In areas that it is invasive, it can be used as a trailing plant in containers to control its spread.
The attractive foliage is blue-green with heavy creamy-yellow and red splashing.
The flowers, borne during summer, are yellow-green aging to white.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 ( 5 on protected sites with a heavy winter mulch ) in full sun to partial shade on moist to wet, fertile soil. On dry soil the foliage will turn brown and look terrible during summer. Slugs may occur, but generally insect pests and disease problems are rare.
Propagation is from division done during early spring.

* photos taken on May 21 2012 in Columbia, MD

1 comment:

  1. This grew well in my Zone 3b garden in Northern Ontario . Its not a zone 6 plant~!!