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Chameleon Plant Description
Houttuynia cordata, also known as fish mint, fish leaf, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, heart leaf, fish wort, Chinese lizard tail, or bishop's weed, is one of two species in the genus Houttuynia. It is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It grows in moist, shady locations.

An excellent ground cover plant with strong roots though it can aggressively spread if not kept under control!

How do you take care of a chameleon plant?

Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata)

1.Plant Feed. Annually with organic matter.
2.Watering. Do not allow soil to dry out.
3.Soil. Fertile, humus-rich soil.
4.Basic Care Summary. Grow in fertile, humus-rich soil. Place in areas that stay wet all year, or in water 1-3" (3-8cm) over soil. Performs best if given ample space to spread.

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  • Are chameleon plants poisonous?

    Houttuynia 'Chameleon' has no toxic effects reported.

    A: Chameleon flower (known botanically as Houttuynia cordata) is a variegated, trailing, wet-soil-tolerant perennial that looks great in a pot but turns into a real thug in the garden. It spreads very fast and outcompetes just about everything in its path, so it doesn't make a friendly partner to other plants. Chameleon plant is very pretty with its lavender tinged heart-shaped leaves and easy-going nature. But it is this nature that becomes the problem. ... Houttuynia spreads through rhizomes, which are very fragile and break apart easily. Any small part of the rhizome or stem left behind in the soil will resprout

    TRADITIONAL USES AND BENEFITS OF THE CHAMELEON PLANT: Many medicinal properties.... Whole plant is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-phlogistic, antiviral, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypoglycemic, laxative and ophthalmic. Decoction is used internally in the treatment of many ailments including cancer, coughs, dysentery, enteritis and fever.

    Is Houttuynia Cordata edible?

    All parts of this plant are edible and can be harvested all year round (in cold winters you can gather only rhizomes). ... Leaves, stems and rhizomes of Houttuynia cordata are widely used in many tradicional cousines of south-east Asia, both fresh and cooked. It is taken raw as salad and cooked along with fish as fish curry. Its dried leaves may be used as a tea in Korea and Japan. In several southwestern provinces of China like Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnah, the roots of this plant is consumed as a root vegetable. The leaves of the chame­leon plant are sometimes found in Viet­namese salads and gar­nishes. In Vietnam, many other fresh herbs serve the same purpose (see Viet­namese coriander). Their fresh, aromatic flavour goes even well with European salads.

    What does chameleon plant smell like?

    Aside from being a non-native and invasive plant, it's been described as having a fishy smell to it (a nickname is “fishmint”).

    TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW PLANT(s): Upon receipt, immediately soak roots in water for 2-3 hours then plant in your ideal location. Make sure to water daily, or as needed, if leaves look wilted and/or until it is established in it's new environment. Sometimes it is best to place in a 6"-8" pot of quality soil and let the root system get adjusted and strengthen, then transplant the hole pot of soil to your permanent location. Plants can get easily stressed when being relocated/shipped.

    ABOUT THESE LIVE PLANT(S)/TREE SEEDLINGS : LIVE PLANTS/TREE SEEDLINGS WILL BE CAREFULLY DUG UP, PACKAGED AND SHIPPED THE SAME MORNING THAT TRACKING NUMBER IS PROVIDED HERE ON ETSY WITH A SCHEDULED USPS PICKUP PLACED THE NIGHT BEFORE HAND. I will ship in minimal soil with roots in plastic bottle or wrapped, stretched wrapped around base to help avoid soil spillage. A small wood stick with stem/trunk twist tied will also accompany any plants where it is needed, to help keep them from possibly getting broken. Added packaging materials around the plant will also help to give it some support. What I will NOT do, is just throw "bare root" plants carelessly into a box and tape it shut. Your "baby" will be treated like I am shipping a small live "pet" across the country, with MUCH LOVE AND CARE! All live plants are grown right here on our Unique Creek Homestead!

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