www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Creeping Oxeye Sphagneticola trilobata

Creeping Oxeye is native to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.  It is found throughout south Florida and some other areas in the Peninsula and Panhandle. However, it is not a Florida native; it was introduced in the early 1900s.  It is considered to be a Class II invasive plant, meaning that its spreading but hasn’t harmed native species.

As the name suggests, it is a low-growing plant with stems that grow up to 7 feet long. Roots develop at the stem joints.  Elliptical or 3-lobed, shiny dark green leaves, 1-2 inches long, are oppositely attached to the stems.  Short upright flowering stalks are produced along these creeping stems.  Bright yellow daisy-like flowers from at the top of the stalks.  Each flower has 8-13 yellowish ‘petals’ with finely toothed tips and a gold center.  Flowering occurs throughout the year, but is more common from spring through fall.

The distribution maps for Creeping Oxeye are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).