Houttuynia cordata (Thunb.)
Saururus (Lizard's Tail) Family.
Chameleon Plant is a medium-sized herbaceous ground cover. It's height is usually no more than 12 inches tall and spreading vigorously underground by fleshy rhizomes. Its preferred habitat is domestic gardens and moist places along ditches, ponds, and slow moving streams. Distribution in the Escambia region is occasional.
full sun to partial shade; best range of bright foliage
coloration occurs in full sun to partial sun, but overall vigor
is often best in partial shade, where the foliage color fades
to greens and maroons
The flowers are white bracts that may be barely noticeable due to their sparse nature. Each is relatively inconspicuous. Flowers occur in June and July and are often lost amongst the showy leaf variegation.
Fruit is usually insignificant as the major growth is from root sprouts.