PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Chameleon

LATIN NAME / 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/CAUTION:  very aromatic, similar to ginger and orange combination, used to flavor. There is also variegated species.

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:Antibacterial;  Antidote;  Antiinflammatory;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiviral;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Hypoglycaemic;  Laxative;  Ophthalmic;  Women's complaints. (1)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

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