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Chameleon Houttuynia

Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

A terrific groundcover. Quick spreading perennial with erect stems holding heart-shaped, multi-colored leaves of gray-green, cream, carmine and gold. Full sun gives best coloration. Herbaceous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationhoo-TIE-nee-a kor-DAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 1 ft. high, spread indefinite.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis is a unique perennial that spreads like crazy in moist but sunny locations. Its foliage bears a wide range of colors, hence its name 'Chameleon'. During the off-season, it's ideal for foliage contrast amidst more evenly green groundcovers and dwarf shrubs. Fills in to control weeds under more upright plants. Spot into the sunny edges of shade gardens or grow in containers for the bronze leaves.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Water Garden, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-11

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