Ground Cover: Baby’s Tears

Also known as Mother of Thousands and  Soleirolia soleirolii, this native of the Mediterranean and Italy is quite the polarizing figure! It thrives in the shaded part of my front yard garden, but I did not plant it. In my yard,  it is a weed that  unexpectedly showed up, but is limited by the fact that much of the ground is already “spoken for” by other plants. I do not maintain it at all, and it has not become the invasive creature that it has become for quite a lot of gardens. This plant grows very rapidly and can spread out over large areas of your uncovered ground.

It is interesting that my local home improvement store sells this stuff as a ground cover plant, but Mother Nature has seen fit to give it to me for free. As you can see, it shows up not just on the bare soil (ground), but also in the container of one of my plants.

HOW TO: For those so inclined, this plant can be propagated through division, which means carefully digging up the above-ground vegetation and below-ground roots and separating them into individual, small plant clumps that can be transplanted into different parts of your garden.

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