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We have discovered numerous foliage plants springing up in one part of the garden, they have green Ivy shaped leaves and are edged in red and they now have a small white flower budding on them. I don't recall planting anything which resembles this plant, is it a weed?



Could be Houttuynia cordata which can be a bit of a thug.

21 Jul, 2012


Hi Jollyrita

I think this is a ground cover plant, I've got one in a pot. If you rub the leaves they're quite nicely scented kind of tangerine. It's called Houttuynia. It's very well-behaved in the pot, dies down in the autumn and will come back again late spring. I haven't planted any in the ground so I can see it might be a nuisance if in the wrong place.

If you put Houttuynia into Google images you should see if it's the one you have.

Hope this helps


21 Jul, 2012

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