Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’

(Chameleon Plant)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Houttuynia is a rhizomatous perennial that typically grows 9-15? tall and spreads indefinitely and often vigorously by rhizomes. It is primarily grown as a ground cover in moist to wet areas, including aquatic margins. Species plants feature ovate to cordate dark blue-green leaves (to 3? long) edged with red. ?Chameleon? (synonymous with ?Variegata? and ?Tricolor?) features green leaves variegated with shades of red, pink, yellow and/or cream on bright red stems. Foliage is aromatic when bruised. Tiny, inconspicuous greenish-white flowers in 1-1.5? spikes are subtended by four showy white petal-like bracts. Flowers appear in mid to late spring.

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Easily grown in humusy, consistently moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Variegated cultivars develop best foliage color in full sun. Plants spread invasively by rhizomes and may need to be restrained by soil barriers or planted in areas where fixed structures such as sidewalks or buildings will restrict spread. In water gardens, grow in containers as marginal aquatic plants. Plants tolerate up to 2? of standing water over the crowns. In natural ponds, plants are also often grown in containers sunk into the mud to maintain control and to avoid unwanted invasive spread. Grow as a ground cover in moist, boggy areas.

Additional information

Common Name

Chameleon Plant

Botanical Name

Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade, Sun





Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color

green, red, white

Deer Resistant


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