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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 plant grows to 1 1/2–2 ft. tall and spreads to 6 ft. or more by stems that root where they touch damp earth. Fleshy, dark glossy green leaves with a few coarse teeth or shallow lobes toward tips. Inch-wide flowers resembling tiny yellow zinnias or marigolds (Tagetes) bloom almost year-round.

Spreads fast; is easily propagated by lifting rooted pieces or placing tip cuttings in moist soil. Best in sandy, fast-draining soils but takes heavier soils if drainage is good. If killed to the ground by frost, it makes a fast comeback. Tolerates desert heat and seaside conditions. Can take lower light but blooms more sparsely in shady conditions. Good for erosion control on slopes: plant 1 1/2 ft. apart and feed lightly. Shear close to the ground if planting mounds up or becomes stemmy.

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