Remarkably easy to grow, Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon (Heart leaved Houttuynia) ground cover is fully hardy and happy in pretty much any soil and in any degree of sun or shade. The leaves will appear in Spring and develop the brightest colours in full sun but still retain pretty gold-edged leaves when grown in shade. However, this incredibly versatile plant will happily grow in almost any soil condition from dry to almost boggy and in full shade through to full sun where they will give many years of low maintenance garden pleasure.
As a rough guide when planting Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon
Position: Full sun, partial shade, dappled shade
Soil and site: Any soil except fully waterlogged
Flowering time: July to September
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height from 20cm, spread to 100cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Aftercare: Feed annually, foliage can be pruned freely through the season to remove damaged or discoloured leaves, or to maintain plant size