Mind-your-own-business is also sometimes commonly called baby’s tears – although it’s more than babies that shed a tear when it becomes established and out of control in the garden!
Being an evergreen, it is commonly grown as a houseplant and even planted outside as a mat-forming, ground cover plant. But it grows quickly and, left to its own devices, can easily get out of control and become a troublesome weed. This is especially true when it grows in the lawn, where it can become very difficult to control.
Despite its attractive looks when used as a ground cover, in rockeries, dry-stone walls, as a path between paving slabs or in cracks in paving, its rapid growth means it has to be carefully monitored to prevent it becoming a weed. If this isn’t possible, then it’s not worth taking the risk of planting it outdoors.
Mind-your-own-business roots along its stems as it grows and can quickly and easily re-grow from the smallest pieces of stem, rapidly colonising large areas of the garden.