Buyer Beware! Extremely invasive! This is my fourth growing season of pulling, digging and posioning. I have lost some of my favorite plants in my quest to rid my flower beds of the Chameleon plant. So here I am again on my knees with the offensive nauseating odor of Chameleon plant wafting around me and tears of fustration in my eyes. The Chameleon plant sould not be sold, in my opinion its bioterrorism. Hind sight. Tricolor ST Johns Wort has the same coloring and stays where its planted.
I was warned not to plant this, I love it,it thrives in mostly shade, where it gets more sun the reds are brighter.No problems with it taking over, keep it well watered.
colorful, but invasive
In addition to being invasive and difficult to eradicate [which I achieved through persistence] I find the smell of Houttuynia to be nauseating. It has a citrus top note, but something unpleasant beneath. Since one need no more than walk past a clump of this plant to receive a noseful of odour, it is definitely on my 'no-fly' list.
Notoriously invasive and extremely difficult to remove once it has spread. Should NOT under any circumstances be planted in varied perennial beds.
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