Soleirolia soleirolii, my trusted not so secret, secret weapon.
Week 8 - Soleirolia soleirolii, my trusted not so secret, secret weapon. In my continued search for effective creeping ground cover or should I say creeping wall cover, Soleirolia soleirolii is still my number one choice. This tiny unassuming plant is a huge horticultural help to me. Quick to establish, it will tolerate sun or shade and is relatively frost hardy. The masses of tiny leaves clothe slender spreading stems that root as they run, forming a dense deep-pile carpet - perfect as a backdrop on my living walls. When planted in and amongst other favourites such as Asarum europaeum (wild ginger), Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet' or Euonymus fortunei ‘Harlequin' it slowly but surely starts to envelope them creating a power struggle for both light and attention which I find both exciting and intriguing. It is capable of vegetative reproduction which is a process by which new organisms arise without production of seeds or spores so all in all a useful almost maintenance free, not so secret, secret weapon.