The Q&A Archives: Plant Identity

Question: I found this plant growing under my trees, alot of it. It is light green with pink edges, has a different smell to it and spreads rapidly. It grows about two feet tall and pulls out of the ground easily. Any Idea?

Answer: It might be houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon', an unusual and aggressive groundcover here in the Pacific Northwest. When crushed, the leaves have an orange peel scent. It's much easier to identify a plant first hand. Why not take a sample to your local Cooperative Extension office for a positive identification? You'll find Master Gardeners staffing plant clinics at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, or you can phone the extension office at (206) 296-3900.

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