chameleon plant, ghost plant
Could be confused with
Species commonly cultivated
Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, northern India)
United States (Louisiana)
occasionally considered weedy; recorded as a weed under surveillance in New Zealand
Perennial. Stem erect or ascending. Leaves alternate, widely spaced, petiolate, stipule present; leaf blade ovate, base cordate, venation palmate; margin entire. Inflorescence a short spike subtended by large white (usually) petaloid bracts. Flowers small, bisexual or unisexual, sessile; sepals and petals absent; stamens 3, conspicuous. Dispersal by seed. Aromatic when damaged.
swamps and bogs, found particularly on wet ground and in littoral zone of ponds and streams