Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’

Names

Names

Scientific: Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’

English: Tsi

Portuguese: Erva-camaleão

Origins

Origins

Family: Saururaceae

Origin: East Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameHouttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’
English NameTsi, lizard tail, chameleon plant, heartleaf, fishwort.
Portuguese NameErva-camaleão, planta-peixe, hortelã-peixe vietnamita.
German NameMolchschwanz, Eidechsenschwanz, Chamäleonpflanze.
FamilySaururaceae
OriginEast Asia.
HabitatMarshes, beds of lakes, damp places and fields.
Life CyclePerennial
Preferences CultivationMoist soils, partially shaded and sheltered locations. The species is hardy to about -15°C but is easily burned by frost. The species may become invasive, while being easier to handle in dry soil.
Method of propagationSowing - should be sown, to divide and grow in permanent positions in the spring.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering in June. The leaves are colored. H: 0,8 m, ᴓ 1 m
Description of smells and flavorsAroma: Strongly aromatic, similar to coriander and orange.
Properties MedicinalAntibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, laxative and ophthalmic. The decoction is used internally for the treatment of various problems such as cough, fever, enteritis (intestinal inflammation) and have anticancer properties. The active substance heals gastric ulcers.
Properties EdibilityIt is used raw in salads in Vietnam and western China.
Properties OtherNone
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: fruit, leaves and root. Harvest: The leaves and shoots should be harvested in the spring when they reach about 8 cm.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?The plant seems resistant to rabbits.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesChinese elders were the first to discover the medicinal powers of the species.

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