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As a comment about Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'), Bonehead wrote:

I use this as a ground cover for a hosta bed. It has not overstepped its boundaries, although it does get a a bit over-eager in growth. I just pull it back to the ground, knowing it will rebound quickly. It does brighten up the shady corner, and offsets the hosta nicely. On the negative side - I cannot abide the smell of the foliage, which is quite sharp. I also find the variegation tends to revert back to solid green (I try to pull those out entirely but don't always get them all). As others have noted, I would hesitate to put this in a bed that cannot be closely controlled.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 6, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Stench is a good descriptive word for the stinking roots. It always reminded me of the smell in the air in the bean scene in "Blazing Saddles". To my great surprise one person I know loves the smell and thinks of it as lemon scented. I don't want ice tea with lemon at her house!
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Bonehead
Oct 6, 2014 8:49 PM CST
Ha ha. My sister also likes the smell. To each their own.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 7, 2014 6:55 AM CST
I guess so but I'm glad to be rid of them.

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