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Plant Description

Chameleon Plant, Houttuynia Cordata (Variegata) is a colorful pond plant with variegated foliage in shades of pink, cream and green. The leaves are heart shaped and the plant spreads quickly. Chameleon Plant grows 6 - 12 inches tall and prefers full sun to part shade and moist, rich soil. Great for container gardening or for naturalizing in areas outside the pond. Chameleon Plant adds wonderful color and interest. Blooms on this plant are white and practically inconsequential as the colorful foliage steals the show!

Height   Grows 6 to 12 inches tall

Width   Spreads as a ground cover (by runner)

Sunlight Requirements   Full sun to part shade

Moisture Requirements   Moist soil or in the pond with only the roots in the water

Zone  5 - 8

Planting Instructions

Plant in moist loam soil in full sun to part shade. Pots of Chameleon Plant may be placed on the shelves of your pond with only the roots in water. This plant loves to roam and is hard to contain once planted in your terrestrial garden.  We recommend that you keep this plant contained in pots or containers. Spreads by runners.


Almost all marginal, aquatic plants can benefit by being planted in a fabric planting container. Fabric planting containers are convenient, easy to use and come in different sizes, the tops can be folded down for desired height. Air can circulate around the roots of the plants allowing them to take up additional nutrients for rapid growth.

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