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Color Changing Groundcover 

The Houttuynia ‘Chameleon Plant’, Houttuynia cordata, is one of the most popular ground covers around. The Chameleon plant changes color, thus the name. You can also bring it indoors for a houseplant.

Small white flowers appear from July to August, but sometimes hard to see because of its foliage.

It is an extremely hardy ground cover and easy to grow but can become very invasive. Being similar in shape to English Ivy, it features boldly variegated leaves of red, pink, white, green, and yellow with a plant height of 15”.

Houttuynia performs in full sun to light shade and needs a consistently moist soil in a well-drained area.

They have a fresh, somewhat citrus-like scent when crushed.

Use Houttuynia ‘Chameleon plant’ as a ground cover, in rock gardens, with water plants, as a houseplant, or in scented gardens.

*Fragrant Foliage Changes Color
*Full Sun to Light Shade
*Fast Growing Groundcover


Plant Facts

Family Houttuynia cordata
Foliage Green, Red, Yellow
Mature Spread 4 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-9
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Flower Color Green, Red, Yellow
Fall Color Variegated

Chameleon Plant.

Rating: 3.6/5 based on 12 review(s)
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Evil invasive! Review by Fairy gardenermother
most evil invasive plant I've ever encountered. It's fleshy stinky roots snaked into my entire perennial bed. Have spent hours every spring for 6 years digging to depths of 2 feet.
Exactly what I ordered! Review by Polly
I just received this plant a few days ago. I have to admit… I'm completely impressed. It's rare to actually get what you order online. This plant looks just like the pictures, and is exactly as described. It tolerated the shipping well, I can't even tell that it wasn't already in my yard.
Beautiful color and not found invasive here Review by Chameleon plant
I love the colors which look like water colors splashed on in rose, cream and green. I have planted it in a shady area under the hydrangea and butterfly bush which was previously unattractive. It looks wonderful and has not been invasive at all. None of it has appeared in the flower bed next to the shrubs.
Houseplant Review by Jeannie
I really like the changing colors and growth rate of the chameleon plant. So I keep one in the house, just for its chameleon qualities.
Good plant Review by Greenie
I use the Chameleon plant as a groundcover. Very easy to grow and I'm glad I chose this plant.

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