Plant Identity - Knowledgebase Question

Seattle, WA
Question by snatchyo
October 21, 2000
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 from NGA
October 21, 2000


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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