Little green extraterrestrial plant


Look, what I have growing in one of my plant pots.

Can anybody please tell me what it is? I have put a petal of a geranium next to it to give an idea of its size (it was the next available thing).

It seems to be growing quite quickly, as it started with one tiny leaf and now is already a bit larger that on the picture, that was taken a few days ago.

Thank you!


  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 370

    It's a Liverwort but I'm not sure which one

  • It's just a moss/liverwort of some kind. The soil will be damp, which is what it likes. You can see moss around it too in the pic.

    I have loads on pots - spring bulbs from earlier this year mainly - that are in shady areas for the winter image

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 862

    Liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. As the Latin name implies it can come in various disguises.image

    Just happened to take a pic of this plant in my garden this morning! It came from a container I bought in a GC. I should have removed it there and left it with them instead of bringing it home.image


    There is no such thing as a maintenance-free plant or landscape.
    The Renegade Gardener (Don Engebretson)

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,052

    Quite agree Papa, not something you want to introduce in your garden intentionally

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Further to Papi Jo's comments  (& star pic!), until recently I had a large, extensive colony of the same liverwort on the wall above my (very damp) cellar steps!! Ongoing renovations have meant that the cracked render had to be scraped clear, dislodging the plants. Now they're living in my compost bin!! {btw: I'm sure there'll be enough spores & embryonic plantlets for the colony to reestablish itself ere long...??}.

    Last edited: 06 October 2017 20:51:03

  • Thank you everybody for your responses!

    Oh my... This plant's name is just as unpleasant as its looks image

    I have removed it from the pot and threw it in the rubbish bin. Yuck!...

    Just like Papi Jo I ''acquired'' it with a recently bought plant. Off e-bay. Hopefully it won't regrow in the pot, as the purchased plant is actually quite a beauty. I'm going to keep it dry and hopefully it will help and I won't have to replace all the soil in that pot. image

  • It'll easily scrape off the top of the soil. You can then replace it with some new compost. A layer of grit will help, although I still get some on those, especially if the pots are in the shade long term. Pots of crocus are the usual ones   image

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 862

    I've just scraped my Liverwort specimens off the ground. Hope I didn't leave too many tiny bits from which the plant might re-grow. We'll see.

    There is no such thing as a maintenance-free plant or landscape.
    The Renegade Gardener (Don Engebretson)

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