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Sphagneticola trilobata 'Outenreath Gold', photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth
Sphagneticola trilobata 'Outenreath Gold', photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth

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Zones 12, 13, 21-24, H1, H2
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Sphagneticola trilobata


Perennials, Flowers

From Central and South America,this trailing evergreen plantgrows to 1 1/2–2 ft. high, spreadingto 6 ft. or more by stemsthat root where they touchdamp earth. Fleshy, dark glossygreen leaves with a few coarseteeth or shallow lobes towardtips. Inch-wide flowers resemblingtiny yellow zinnias or marigolds(Tagetes) bloom almostyear-round.

Spreads fast; easily propagatedby lifting rooted pieces or placingtip cuttings in moist soil.Best in sandy, fast-drainingsoils but takes heavier soils ifdrainage is good. If killed toground by frost, it makes a fastcomeback. Tolerates desertheat, seaside conditions. Cantake lower light but bloomsmore sparsely in shady conditions.Good for erosion controlon slopes: plant 1 1/2 ft. apart,feed lightly. Shear close to theground if planting mounds upor becomes stemmy.

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