Saturday, July 6, 2013

Houttuynia - Say What?

My problems with deer and other four-legged rodents have been well-documented on this site.  I've devoted a lot of time and money trying to keep them out of my yard.

A few years ago I came across a plant that is supposed to be deer-resistant.  Apparently they do not like the smell and avoid it.  The plant is a ground cover called 'Houttuynia'.

It is rather pretty and I have to admit that I have never seen any damage from munching.  The downside is that once well-established it spreads and becomes invasive.  Fortunately, I have yet to deal with that problem.  And if it keeps deer and rabbits away, I'll tolerate it.

I like ground covers.  Especially those that the animals avoid.  Here is a border of lamium and dragon's blood sedum.

The sedum was planted here; the lamium just appeared.  It must have come from another area through rodent transplantation.  I love free stuff.  I also like sedums since they require minimal water.  Then again, it is raining here.  I have yet to water my lawn this year. 


  1. Looks pretty, but then I would love to have deer and rabbits in my garden.

  2. We have yet to water our yard either,it has been one of those rainy summers.

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  3. Oh my! Imagine my delight in finding this blog this morning! I FINALLY have a name of the nasty ground cover that came with our house almost 4 years ago! The homeowner did a wonderful job hiding it but alas, the next summer it came back with a vengeance! I've been trying ever since to eradicate it! I've had to remove all the other plants out ( washed roots to not contaminate rest of the beds) we've tried tilling it up (are you kidding me? It loved getting its ugly roots stirred up! Covered with black plastic for months trying to smother it out! I shudder thinking how many gallons of Roundup, Poinson Ivy killer, etc...into the ground and enviroment trying to rid myself of this monster! Thanks to you I now know the name, origins, uses of this offensive "herb" Look forward to following your blog😄

    1. Oh and I am referring to the "hootenanny" Chameleon

    2. Well, I am glad I can be of service. This is the year I try to get rid of some of my lily-of-the-valley. It is worse than the Houttuynia. I'll be posting pictures from the garden every Monday so stay tuned and thanks for finding me.


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