Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Lizard Tail (Saururaceae)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 12
(Yu-Xing-Cao) Creeping herbaceous perennial native to China. Although the roots are hardy down to zone 5, the plant is famously frost-sensitive, and the tops will go down with the first frost. Our’s is the species plant–not a select cultivar or hybrid–it has the standard lemony taste to the leaves, and standard fish-soup taste to the crunchy rhizomes. Stolons and leaves used as an aromatic and tasty condiment. This plant is very easily grown and will diversify any cuisine. We recommend to market growers, connoisseurs, restaurant owners and inventive householders. Easily grown in containers, will spread in open fertile beds. Sow seed in cool soils of early spring. Mix small seed with sand and sprinkle on surface, then barely cover with soil, tamp down securely and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination, which can take 60 to 90 days. Also, I’ve seen these give one flush of germination in a few weeks, and then another flush months later. Keep an eye out. Once seedlings have sized up, individuate to pots and grow out that way until they are large enough to transplant outdoors. Space plants 1 foot apart.
30 seeds per packet, certified organically grown