How To Get Rid Of Invasive Chameleon Plant

Question From: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Q: Hi Nancy. Years ago my Mom gave me a pretty little plant commonly known as the Chameleon Plant (houttuynia cordata). I didn't know that it was invasive and now it has spread over a 12 x 12 foot area in my side yard garden. Do you have any ideas on how to get rid of it? I have tried spraying it with Round Up and also digging it up. Nothing seems to work. Please help!! (and thanks much!!)

A: While I have not dealt witch your plant, my display garden was over run with wild morning glory when I took it over. While we have never been able to eradicate it, we do have it under control. We began by pulling/digging it out. When it emerged we pulled the seedlings. Everyttime a leaf emerged we removed it. Without leaves the plants starve to death. In fall we painted any newly emerging leaves with Roundup using a sponge brush. It takes time, but it works. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.