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Sphagneticola trilobata - (L.) Pruski

Common Name Singapore daisy
Family Compositae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Damp or wet soil, sometimes in marshes, often along sea beaches, at elevations from sea level to about 600 metres in Guatemala
Range S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; C. America - Panama to Mexico, Caribbean - Cuba to the Windward Isles.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sphagneticola trilobata Singapore daisy
Sphagneticola trilobata Singapore daisy


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Physical Characteristics

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Sphagneticola trilobata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Complaya trilobata (L.) Strother. Silphium trilobatum L. Thelechitonia trilobata (L.) H.Rob. & Cuatrec. Wedelia carnosa Rich. Wedelia paludosa DC. Wedelia trilobata (L.) Hitchc.


Edible Uses

None Known


Medicinal Uses

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A strong decoction of the whole plant is used to treat severe chest colds[348 ]. It is combined with Lantana camara, as a tea or syrup, as a remedy for colds[348 ]. The leaves are included in a cough and cold remedy along with the boiled leaves of Commelina nudiflora or Hibiscus sabdariffa, and sometime also Citrus aurantiifolia[348 ]. The plant contains acetylenes and derivatives of kaurenic acid[348 ].


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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: An interesting ground cover plant for warm locations. The stems are brittle and break easily, so should be kept away from foot traffic[423 ]. The plant can tolerate light pedestrian traffic[200 ]. Other Uses: ornamental. It is one of the few ground cover plants that can survive central Arizona desert combination of extreme heat and sun at ground level.

Special Uses

Ground Cover


Cultivation details

A plant of the moist tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 700 metres[413 ]. A long-lived perennial herb with a creeping prostrate scrambling or climbing habit. This mat-forming stoloniferous plant often creates a dense ground cover (usually 15-30 cm tall but occasionally up to 70 cm tall) that crowds out the growth of other species. It may also climb a short distance up trees or over other vegetation.Plant tops can be killed by frosts, but the roots will survive at least some frost and regrow with warmer weather[423 ]. Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade, flowering more heavily in a sunny position[413 , 423 ]. Succeeds in most soil types[413 ]. Prefers a well-drained soil, but is very tolerant, succeeding in dry and moist conditions, tolerating inundation and withstanding drought[413 , 423 ]. The plant is very salt-resistant, growing well near the sea[413 , 423 ]. Often cultivated as an ornamental, the plant readily escapes from gardens and forms a dense ground cover, crowding out or preventing regeneration of other species. In plantations, it will compete with crops for nutrients, light and water, and reduce crop yields[413 ].


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Seed, Division, Cuttings. Tip cuttings are very easy[423 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bay Biscayne creeping oxeye, Bay Biscayne creeping-oxeye, creeping daisy, creeping ox eye, creeping ox-eye, creeping oxeye, creeping wedelia, rabbit's paw, Singapore daisy, trailing daisy, wedelia, yellow dots

Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

The IUCN has listed S. trilobata in its 100 of the world's worst invasive alien species and the Florida Exotic Plant Pest Council classified it as a category II invader. This species continues to be available as an ornamental and is therefore likely to spread further.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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