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Scientific: Sphagneticola trilobata (formerly Wedelia trilobata)
Common: yellow dot, Singapore daisy, creeping ox-eye
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: South Florida and tropical America, naturalized on tropical Pacific Islands

Pronounciation: Sfag-net-i-KO-la tri-lo-BA-ta

Hardiness zones
12-13, 21-24
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Mesic, green-looking 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, prostrate and spreading, mesic, lush, succulent, tough.

Growth Habit: Evergreen, herbaceous, broadleaf perennial vine, moderately vigorous growth to 10-inches tall and 30-feet wide.

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.

Watering: Regular

Pruning: Control spread, can cut back hard to reduce clumping.

Propagation: Asexually by cutting and layering, easy. 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 to create that green effect. You Phoenix 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.