The lizard tail is a decorative ground cover.
The leafy ornamental plant is also known as newt's tail and originates from Asia. It belongs to the lizard-tail family and is found in the wild in the Himalayan region, Nepal, Bhutan, India and Indochina as far as East Asia. There, the plant grows in damp meadows, forests, open spaces or along streams. As an ornamental plant, the lizard's tail also beautifies pond margins and streams as well as marshes in our gardens. Houttuynia can also be used as an aquarium plant.
A decorative perennial with fragrant leaves
The special thing about the lizard's tail plant is its beautiful flowers. They are mostly red, yellow and green variegated. The autumn colour of the Houttuynia is breathtakingly beautiful. Then the leaves turn a deep red, so that the plant attracts everyone's attention. The foliage has a rötish style. They have a heart-shaped or oval form. The leaves have a very aromatic scent. On the underside, the leaf blades are criss-crossed with veins.
A ground cover with attractive leaves
A colourful lizard's tail is not only attractive with its foliage, but also with its pretty flowers. These appear from April to September. The four white bracts surround a long inflorescence that stands out strikingly. After flowering, small capsule fruits form. The Houttuynia has a creeping habit and underground rhizomes. The lizard's tail reaches a height of around 30 to 50 centimetres and is almost as wide.
The lizard tail plant is popular and easy to care for.
A colourful lizard tail is a practical ground cover that covers bare or unsightly areas, preventing weeds. The lizard tail pond is perennial and herbaceous. houttuynia is hardy. The plant is summer-green and does not need any special protection in winter. The lizard's tail can be combined with numerous perennials. This ground cover looks beautiful with almond or irises. Also with ornamental grasses and other perennials, this leafy perennial is an attractive sight. A garden pond can hardly look more beautiful if you plant the lizard's tail in this way.
The leafy ornamental perennial is uncomplicated. It prefers a sunny location. A humus-rich subsoil that is pH-neutral is ideal. The soil should always be slightly moist. However, Houttuynia does not tolerate waterlogging.