Soleirolia soleirolii

Mind-Your-Own-Business, Corsican Creeper, Baby Tears Plant

(6 customer reviews)

£9.95

Soleirolia soleirolii is a mat forming herbaceous perennial, evergreen in all but the coldest winters but soon bouncing back.

It has a mass of tiny rounded fresh green leaves with small pinky-white flowers in summer.

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Origin: Nothern Mediterranean region
Genus: Soleirolia
Species / Cultivar: soleirolii
Common Name: Mind-Your-Own-Business, Corsican Creeper, Baby Tears Plant
Synonym: Helxine soleirolii

Plant Biography

Discovered and catalogued in the 19th century in Corsica by French naturalist Esprit Requien, the Soleirolia soleirolii is the only member of its family, a distant cousin of the nettle, albeit the nice cousin of the family.

It quickly became a popular plant both for indoor and outdoor use. Indoors is a great cover for paludariums (half aquatic / half terrain based enclosures) and for terrariums (fully terrain based enclosures). Outdoors it’s a perfect finish for areas with tree ferns and for providing a softer transition between various elements in the garden.

The derivation of its famed common name, ‘Mind-Your-Own-Business’, has been (perhaps aptly) lost.

Soleirolia soleirolii
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Final Size: Tiny
Stays very small throughout its life.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

Use it to soften the areas around ponds, in combination with ground ferns and tree ferns. It adds a magic touch to stonewalls and flagstones.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The ‘Mind Your Own Business’ plant will grow anywhere – from swampy ground that is partly underwater to dry banks.

It can be a bit invasive but, as it is shallowly rooted, can be easily removed. If it begins to grow on an area where you do not want it, such as a lawn, clear it out with a sharp hoe as soon as possible.

Soleirolia soleirolii’s use in the garden is almost limitless – two examples include growing in cracks between paving, or as cover for bumpy ground in Japanese style gardens.

6 customer reviews for Soleirolia soleirolii

Very prompt delivery. The plants are lush and healthy.
I would have preferred them to be packed upright and not horizontal. Made quite a mess unpacking. Not keen on the plastic. However the plants , which are the important thing I am very pleased with.

Jean R (verified owner)

Started drying out 2 days after delivery. Do not recommend it.

THE PALM CENTRE REPLY:

Hi Martin, as we advised on email, these plants are not suited for the setting you planned to have them into. They require deep shade and almost marsh conditions to thrive. Keeping them in a bedroom would not do them any good. We have arranged for your plants to be refunded and recommended alternatives that would better suit your setting.

Martin (verified owner)

Extremely well packaged and very healthy looking plants. Will definitely be using The Palm Centre again

Tania Islam (verified owner)

Great , prompt service from this company

claudia hocking (verified owner)