Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon grows from a complex root system similar to bindweed, but roots remain shallow so it’s easy to control. No problem in a planting basket in the pond, but with its scrambling growth it can be invasive if let loose in the garden Tolerates shade.
Top tip: Ideal plant to brighten a shady corner of the pond.
Flowers: July/August producing sweet little white flowers held above the heart-shaped, red/dark green/buttery yellow foliage
Height of plant: 20-30cm from crown. When given space to grow, readily forms dense, attractive clusters of leaves and flowers.
Propagation: Can be divided for potting on at any time in the season.
How to plant: Plant into a 3lt or 5lt planting basket using garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond. Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the crown of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.
Recommended planting depth: The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is damp soil-10cm.