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Soleirolia soleirolii

Mind your own business

  • Botanical name: Soleirolia soleirolii
  • Common name: Mind your own business
  • Family: Urticaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Soleirolia soleirolii

  • Plant size

    5cm height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / boggy

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Soleirolia soleirolii and wildlife

Soleirolia soleirolii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Soleirolia soleirolii poisonous?

Soleirolia soleirolii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People