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Paddys Wig Soleirolia soleirolii

Previously known as:

  • Helxine soleirolii
Phonetic Spelling
so-ley-ROH-lee-uh so-ley-ROH-lee-eye
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

This ground cover resembling moss honors Joseph Francois Soleirol, who acquired a large collection of specimens of Corsican plants.  The common name Baby's Tears is derived from the tiny, rounded leaves.  

This creeping perennial ground cover with ornamental foliage can be grown as a houseplant.  While it can spread up to 6' wide in the garden, as a houseplant, it won't go far.  Not having contact with the soil will limit its spread.  

It may be used as a terrarium plant, but over time will crowd out the other terrarium plants.

Ideal conditions include moderate temperatures, high humidity and bright, in direct lighting.  Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.

A wide, shallow pot creates an ideal location for this plant.

Pruning of this delicate looking plant can be accomplished with a pair of scissors.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease issues.  Aphids, whiteflies, and scale are possible problems.  Overwatering can cause root rot.  

Once established, the plant may prove to be difficult to remove.  Even after removing the plant, many small stems are missed and the plant can regenerate.  Can become weedy and invasive.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea'
    Golden leaves.
  • 'Golden Queen'
    Yellowish leaf margins.
  • 'Silver Queen'
    Silvery-gray foliage.
  • 'Variegata'
    Silvery green variegated foliage.
'Aurea', 'Golden Queen', 'Silver Queen', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#hardy#invasive#houseplant#low growing#perennials#frost tender#winter interest#herbaceous#terrarium#low growing plant#ornamentals#tropical evergreen#herbaceous perennials#groundcover#evergreen groundcover#humidity tolerant#foot traffic tolerant#winter garden#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical#dry soils intolerant#drought intolerant#wet soils intolerant#mat forming
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea'
    Golden leaves.
  • 'Golden Queen'
    Yellowish leaf margins.
  • 'Silver Queen'
    Silvery-gray foliage.
  • 'Variegata'
    Silvery green variegated foliage.
'Aurea', 'Golden Queen', 'Silver Queen', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#evergreen#hardy#invasive#houseplant#low growing#perennials#frost tender#winter interest#herbaceous#terrarium#low growing plant#ornamentals#tropical evergreen#herbaceous perennials#groundcover#evergreen groundcover#humidity tolerant#foot traffic tolerant#winter garden#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical#dry soils intolerant#drought intolerant#wet soils intolerant#mat forming
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Soleirolia
    Species:
    soleirolii
    Family:
    Urticaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Ground cover
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    W. Mediterranean, Italy, Sardinia and Corsica.
    Play Value:
    Easy to Grow
    Shade
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Climbing
    Creeping
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Ovoid and shiny fruits are enclosed by calyx.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The tiny, creamy white flowers lack petals and are insignificant.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The shiny, lime green leaves are tiny, only 1/4" diameter. They form a dense ground cover as they spread.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The many branched, fleshy stems root into the ground as the plant spreads. Spreading in a prostrate form, they have stinging hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Naturalized Area
    Near Septic
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Vertical Spaces
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Children's Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Foot Traffic
    Humidity
    Problems:
    Invasive Species