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Mike's Blog - Day 165

I’m not sure where this plant came from. I don’t remember planting it. It’s near the Umbrella plant by the pond.

You often see the very colourful variant of it, called “Chamaeleon” or “Tricolour”, with leaves that are reds, yellows, oranges and greens, That’s quite a nice thing and we did plant that. Perhaps this one has just reverted back to the plain green-leaved species. It's Houttuynia cordata, the heart-leaved Houttuynia. If you brush past it or disturb it when weeding, you can’t mistake it pungent smell which I would say is not pleasant.

Apparently however in parts of Asia it’s a very popular herb - “Fish Mint” - often used in salads or with grilled meats, so it might taste better than it smells. Further investigation needed!

It enjoys a moist shady spot.