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Soleirolia soleirolii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant, Bedding or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Stem

Pink and Pale Green in

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

mind-your-own-business

Family

Urticaceae


Soleirolia is a fast-growing, mat-forming perennial with creeping, rooting stems bearing small, rounded leaves and inconspicuous pinkish flowers

S. soleirolii is a wide-creeping evergreen perennial with slender, rooting, pink or green stems bearing tiny rounded leaves and minute pinkish-white flowers in summer

Other common names

  • Angel's tears
  • baby's tears
  • bits and pieces
  • bread and cheese
  • Corsican creeper
  • Corsican curse
  • friendship plant
  • helxine
  • Irish moss
  • mind-your-own-business
  • mother of thousands
  • Paddy's wig
  • Pollyanna vine

Synonym(s)

  • Helxine soleirolii
  • Soleirolia green

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or as a house-plant in a loam-based compost with added grit in full light with shade from hot sun or in partial shade. Water freely in summer but keep just moist in winter. Can be grown outdoors in any soil but may be invasive and becomes deciduous in frost prone areas; suitable for use as bedding, including hanging baskets

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free