Pronounciation: Sfag-net-i-KO-la tri-lo-BA-ta
Sunset 12-13, 21-24
Landscape Use: Mesic ground cover for desert areas (what a rarity!). Also, yellow dot is great for raised planters, green roofs, green walls or large patio containers where this vine can cascade and trail.
Form & Character: Strongly trailing, mesic, lush, succulent, tough.
Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial vine, prostrate and spreading, moderately vigorous to 30 feet.
Foliage/Texture: Succulent, slightly pubescent green to dark green leaves, lobed, prominent leaves; medium texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Small axillary yellow flowers resembling marigolds, fruits are achenes, tuberculate, 0.25 to 0.5 inch, rare in landscapes.
Seasonal Color: Yellow flowers during entire warm season.
Temperature: Highly frost/freeze sensitive but will grow back in spring following winter damage.
Light: Shade to full sun
Soil: Sandy, well-drained soils are preferred. Clay soils are tolerated if drainage is good.
Pruning: Control spread, can cut back hard to reduce clumping.
Propagation: Asexually by cutting and layering. Stems adventitiously root when in contact with soil.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Yellow dot is a good ground cover choice for Phoenix landscapes with much greenery (you Arcadia residents will love this plant!). It is one of the few ground cover plants that can survive central Arizona desert combination of extreme heat and sun at ground level where it's sizzling during the summer.