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Old 06-17-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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Can anyone identify this flowering vine-like plant with a white flower (4 petals) and a large fancy pistil? The plant has heart-shaped green leaves. It apparently likes the shade in Indiana.



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Old 06-19-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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It looks like I am on a roll. I was looking for another white flower when I saw one that looked like the one in your post. Most of the places I looked to confirm seem to have the variegated leaf variety. This is called the Chameleon plant and comes from Asia. It is used as a ground cover and there are warnings that it can be quite invasive.

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Old 06-19-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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I, unfortunately, have this growing in my yard.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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It looks like I am on a roll. I was looking for another white flower when I saw one that looked like the one in your post. Most of the places I looked to confirm seem to have the variegated leaf variety. This is called the Chameleon plant and comes from Asia. It is used as a ground cover and there are warnings that it can be quite invasive.

Check out the following for pictures to see if it is the right ID!

Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef - Spices: Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata - Chameleon Plant
J&Em, You're right on! Excellent job of plant identification. Thanks.

Hope it smells good once we get it planted in our shady backyard and I may try some of the heart shaped leaves in a salad or maybe in a stir fry. Chameleon Stir Fry?

It seems a little strange that a plant from Asia can survive in cold Indiana winters but there are cold places in Eastern Asia as well.

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Old 06-19-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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I, unfortunately, have this growing in my yard.
Don't be disappointed. You may be able to harvest enough to supply all the Asian food stores and restaurants in your city. You just need to invent a few good Chameleon recipes and Voila!!! Beaucoup l'argent!

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