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NAME: Chameleon

SPECIES / FAMILY:   Houttuynia Cordata / Saururaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Tsi, Rainbow Plant, Fish Wort

CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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RAW/COOK

Spring

Leaves

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RAW/COOK

Spring

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

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Roots

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COOK

 

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

COMMENT: Personally, I really like this plant. Very aromatic. Reminds me of ginger, with an orange or cilantro edge. But with this plant you can eat the leaves, whereas the leaves of wild ginger are toxic. There is also variegated species. Can use in teas, smoothies, and any kind of dish. Easy to transplant, spreads rapidly. Likes moist soil, sun & shade.

CAUTION:

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: This appears to be a very important herb, in that it is one of the few antiviral herbs, plus it is also antibacterial, antiinflammatory, and much more. https://pfaf.org/user/Search_Use.aspx?glossary=Antiviral. Antibacterial;  Antidote;  Antiinflammatory;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiviral;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Hypoglycaemic;  Laxative;  Ophthalmic;  Women's complaints. (1)

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POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES:

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

 

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Houttuynia+cordata  
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houttuynia_cordata  
  3. http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/get-healthy/healthy-living/herbal-healer-what-is-fishwort/article_2aef4660-2f63-5114-9a2b-5ca8b30aa509.html
  4. https://phuketnews.phuketindex.com/lifestyle/plant-genetic-resources-204443.html
  5. https://www.organicgardener.com.au/blogs/strange-fish
  6. https://live.phuketindex.com/houttuynia-cordata-salad-2973.html
  7. https://live.phuketindex.com/houttuynia-cordata-leaf-salad-3003.html