Houttuynia 'Chameleon' Houttuynia 'Chameleon'

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Houttuynia 'Chameleon'

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  • Changes Color,
  • Likes Moisture,
  • Vigorous Grower
Common Name:Chameleon Plant
Plant Type:Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 What is my zone?
Height:6 - 9 Inches
Spread:1 - 2 Feet
Exposure:Full Shade (0-4 hrs.)
Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Critter Resistance:Deer, Rabbit
Flower Color:White Shades

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(Chameleon Plant) Houttuynia Chameleon, appropriately named, changes its color depending on the amount of sunlight available. The leaves are a variegated green and cream in shady areas and with more sun they take on shades of yellow, pink, and scarlet red with nickel-sized white flowers appearing intermittently in early summer. Easy to grow, Chameleon is a vigorous groundcover that will even grow in shallow water.
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Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

Common Name Chameleon Plant
USDA Hardiness Zone 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Type Perennial
Sun Exposure Full Shade (0-4 hrs.), Full Sun (+6 hrs.), Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Soil Moisture Needs Moderate
Critter Resistance Deer, Rabbit
Flower Color White Shades
Attributes Cut Flower or Foliage, Deciduous, Fragrant
Design Use Container, Ground Cover, Waters Edge or Bog
Season of Interest (Flowering) Late Spring or Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage) Fall, Spring, Summer

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Customer Reviews

Invasive Review by John G | Zone: 7a
This plant is evil. Do not, ever, ever, ever, plant this monster. They will colonize and spread and take over as much space as they can. And they're nearly impossible to eradicate. Do NOT plant this plant unless you want it everywhere. Yes, the colors are pretty, blah, blah, blah, but this plant is straight from the pits of .... (Posted on 5/26/2011)
Invasive Review by Dan E | Zone: 7a
This stuff is BAD. Is spreads like crazy and pops up all over the place and even pushes up through cracks in concrete and bricks. What kills this stuff? (Posted on 4/30/2011)
Invasive Review by Gigglespat42 | Zone: 7b
This plant should be illegal to sell as it is in Australia. It is so extremely invasive and impossible to remove from a garden. (Posted on 4/6/2010)
Invasive Review by John H | Zone: 6
Be very careful with this plant. It has taken over my garden. It spreads voraciously and is very difficult to get rid of. (Posted on 5/16/2009)
Marshy Area Review by Dana R | Zone: 7
Very invasive and hard to get rid of once it is established. Also, the leaves have a fishy odor. I wouldn't recommend this for a garden but it would work to fill in a large marshy area. (Posted on 3/23/2009)
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