Creeping Oxeye (Wedelia)

rudbeckiaSphagneticola trilobata (Wedelia trilobata)

Common names: Wedelia, Creeping Oxeye, Bay Biscayne creeping-oxeye, Trailing Yellow, Creeping Daisy, Goldcup, Singapore Daisy, Wild Marigold, and Singapore-madeliefie.

Creeping Oxeye / Wedelia

Creeping Oxeye / Wedelia

NOTICE: Although Creeping Oxeye is a pretty ground cover, it is a very invasive plant and it may be toxic to mammals. It is considered as a noxious weed in Florida and other areas.

We have some Wedelia that we used as a ground cover but it is taking over a valuable space in one of our beds. We will need to cut it back and move it to another location. The plant spreads as a mat of foliage and small (1″) blooms that look a bit like Marigolds. It creeps and roots at nodes, making a dense ground cover that is difficult to stop. Clipping or cutting on the plant actually encourages new plants.

Here are a couple other shots of the plant:

Wedelia as a creeper plant

Wedelia as a creeper plant

Wedelia as a ground cover

Wedelia as a ground cover

For more information (especially for information about controlling the plant), visit the University of Florida Invasive Plants website.

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