Houttuynia cordata Chameleon
Today is 'Battle of Puebla Day' in Mexico or more commonly known in the U.S. as 'Cinco de Mayo.' To commemorate, I'm posting pictures of the ground cover 'Houttuynia' or as most gardeners around Texas call it 'Hootn'nany.' Houttuynia in Vietnamese translates to 'fishy smell.' I actually like the pungent scent. You don't smell it, however, unless you bruise the foliage. I usually break off a leave as I pass. Some people find the smell repulsive. My 'Hootn'nany' grows in a bed with Miscanthus, Purple Heart, and some re-seeding Love-in-the-Mist. I have the variety 'Chameleon.' This is where I'm making the 'Cinco de Mayo' connection as Chameleon is a virtual 'Fiesta' of color! Okay- corny I know!