Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata ( Chameleon Plant )
A very fast growing, rhizomatous perennial, reaching up to 24 ( rarely over 15 ) inches in height, that is native to swampy woods and ditches from Nepal to China to Japan; south to mountains of Java.
The scented, heart-shaped leaves are up to 3 x 2.3 inches in size. The foliage is mid-green above, purplish beneath. The foliage is valued both fresh and cooked in the same way as spinach in China and Korea.
The white flowers, up to 0.5 inches wide, are borne during early summer.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in partial shade on moist soil. Cut back hard during late fall. Propagation is from division or root cuttings during autumn. Due to its invasive spread potential, it is recommended to keep this plant in a contained area.

* photos taken on Aug 15 2014 at Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD


'Chameleon'
Attractive foliage splashed in white, pink and red, otherwise identical to species.

* photo taken on June 1 2014 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 24 2014 in Columbia, MD

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