• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Soleirolia soleirolii



© � RHS 1990

  • Other common names Mind-your-own-business
    Mother of thousands

    Angel's tears
    Baby's tears
    Bits and pieces
    Bread and cheese
    Corsican creeper
    Corsican curse
    Friendship plant
    Irish moss
    Paddy's wig
    Pollyanna vine

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  • Synonyms Helxine soleirolii
    Soleirolia green

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

  • Family Urticaceae / Urticaceae

  • Species 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

  • Plant range W Mediterranean Is.


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

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

Propagation Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Mediterranean Climate Plants Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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