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Houttuynia is a genus of two species in the Saururaceae. One species, H.cordata, is widely cultivated as a culinary herb. Houttuynia cordata, the Chinese name for this plant, literally meaning "fishy-smell herb", alludes to the smell of the foliage. In English, it is known as lizard tail, chameleon plant, heartleaf, fishwort and bishop's weed. It is one of two species in the genus Houttuynia, and is a flowering plant native to Japan, Korea, southern China and Southeast Asia, where it grows in moist, shady places. Houttuynia cordata ‘Pied Piper' is a herbaceous perennial plant, growing to between 20 and 80cm. Flowers, growing usually in summer, are greenish-white, borne on a terminal spike 2–3cm long with 4-6 large white basal bracts. The plant grows well in moist to wet soil and even slightly submerged in water in partial or full sun. Some varieties can become invasive in the right conditions, but fortunately ‘Pied Piper' is a little more tame. Don't let this fishy tale put you off. It is one of those plants that astounds. It has very vivid colouring throughout the growing season and is constantly changing hue, deepening and becoming more vivid as the season ages. Where space and soil permit, it will in time colonise a good area. Where space is limited, it makes a superb subject for a container without accompaniment.
The plant grows well in moist to wet soil and even slightly submerged in water in partial or full sun.
Uses: Where space and soil permit it will in time colonise damp areas in sun or part shade. Where space is limited it makes a superb subject for a container without accompaniment.
Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove all foliage after first frost.