Houttuynia Cordata Boo Boo Aquatic Pond Plant - Chameleon Plant Aquatic Plants

Houttuynia Cordata Boo Boo Aquatic Pond Plant - Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo,' commonly known as Chameleon Plant 'Boo Boo,' is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Saururaceae family. It is a cultivar of Houttuynia cordata and is valued for its colorful foliage and spreading habit. Here's...

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Houttuynia Cordata Boo Boo Aquatic Pond Plant - Chameleon Plant


Houttuynia Cordata Boo Boo Aquatic Pond Plant - Chameleon Plant

Size: 9cm (3 Pack)

Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo,' commonly known as Chameleon Plant 'Boo Boo,' is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Saururaceae family. It is a cultivar of Houttuynia cordata and is valued for its colorful foliage and spreading habit. Here's a detailed description and care guide for Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo':

Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' is a low-growing plant with a spreading habit. It typically reaches a height of 6-10 inches (15-25 cm) and can spread vigorously by stolons to form a dense groundcover. The foliage of 'Boo Boo' is its main attraction. The leaves are heart-shaped, glossy, and feature a combination of vibrant colors. The variegated foliage displays a mix of green, red, pink, and cream hues, creating a striking visual effect. Inconspicuous white flowers may appear in summer, but they are not the main feature of this plant. Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' adds a unique and eye-catching element to garden borders, rock gardens, or containers.

Care Guide:

Lighting: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' thrives in partial shade to full shade. It prefers a location with filtered sunlight or dappled shade, especially during the hot afternoon hours. Too much direct sunlight can cause leaf scorch, so some shade is beneficial. However, it can tolerate some morning sun or brighter conditions if the soil remains consistently moist.

Water: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' prefers consistently moist soil conditions. It grows naturally in wet habitats, such as stream banks or water edges. Ensure the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, especially during dry spells or hot weather.

Soil: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' prefers fertile, well-draining soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including loam, clay, or sandy soil. However, it thrives in moist soil conditions. Adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, can improve soil fertility and moisture retention.

Temperature: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. It can tolerate a range of temperatures but generally prefers moderate conditions. Protect the plant from extreme heat or prolonged periods of frost. Mulching around the base of the plant can help insulate the roots and retain moisture.

Fertilizer: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' does not require heavy fertilization. A light application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring can provide essential nutrients. Avoid over-fertilization, as it can result in excessive leaf growth and reduced variegation.

Maintenance: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' is a low-maintenance plant. Regular maintenance involves removing any dead or yellowed foliage to maintain a tidy appearance. The plant can spread aggressively, so occasional thinning or trimming may be necessary to control its growth and prevent it from overtaking other plants.

Propagation: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' can be propagated through division or by taking stem cuttings. Division is best done in early spring or early autumn. Carefully separate the clumps, ensuring each division has healthy roots and stems, and replant them in suitable soil or containers. Stem cuttings can be taken in late spring or early summer and rooted in a moist, well-draining potting mix.

Pests and Diseases: Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may occasionally attract slugs or be susceptible to fungal diseases if growing conditions are unfavorable. Monitor the plant for any signs of pests or diseases and take appropriate measures if necessary.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the vibrant and colorful foliage of Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' in your garden borders, rock gardens, or containers. Adjust the care routine based on your specific growing conditions and monitor the plant for any signs of stress, pests, or diseases. With proper care, Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' can provide an eye-catching and unique display of variegated foliage, adding interest and charm to your outdoor spaces.

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