Soleirolia soleirolii

Mind your own business

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Hardy perennial

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Best known as an indoor plant, baby's tears, or mind your own business, Soleirolia soleirolii makes an attractive and maintenance-free alternative to grass as ground cover in moist, shady areas. It's also suitable for using in green walls (pictured), and as a substitute for moss in a Japanese garden. The masses of tiny leaves clothe slender spreading stems that root as they run, forming a dense deep-pile carpet. As it covers the ground it will run over rocks, fallen logs, and so on, clinging to their shape so the features of the landscape are picked out.

Quick to establish, Soleirolia soleirolii survives periodic dry spells and recovers quickly afterwards. It will tolerate sun or shade. Frost hardy, its leaves are killed by winter frost, but it will recover to grow vigorously in spring.

Family: Urticaceae

Genus: Soleirolia

Species: soleirolii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist, Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 5cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

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cher Lewis

this is a wonderful plant to grow in pots indoors in a light spot. Loves to be watered regularly. will droop if dry. Also is hardy outdoors and will tolerate partial to full sun. It is very hard to locate for purchase though or in seeds. If anyone knows where to locate this plant in the US please post a location.

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