Inconspicuous and growing low to the ground, trailing daisy, or Wedelia trilobata, rarely receives the praise it deserves. In fact, many ground covers are often overlooked, simply because they are not at eye level, and because most of them have very subtle or hidden flowers that do not catch your eye the way other tropical flowers do.
A member of the sunflower family, trailing daisy is an herbaceous, evergreen, creeping ground cover with dainty daisy-like yellow flowers. Look down the next time you are strolling The Rise, the pedestrian pathway that passes over the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, connecting the Camana Bay Town Centre with West Bay Road.
Native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, trailing daisy is a very popular ornamental ground cover that will quickly form a dense mat (not to be walked on!) of foliage and flowers as it sprawls in every direction rooting from its nodes.
In many cases with ground covers, the idea is to fill an empty space, or give definition/direction in a landscape design to delineate a walking space versus a landscaped bed. Ground covers are also good at stabilising loose soils and cutting back maintenance on pesky weeds in the garden. But don’t be fooled by this happy little perennial; if it is ignored and not cut back often, it can creep its way into other beds or landscaped areas.
Preferring full sun to part shade, trailing daisy is fairly tolerant of a range of soils and can tolerate even water-logged soils that we sometimes have here during rainy season. It is also salt- and drought-tolerant, making it a perfect candidate for the Camana Bay landscape.
Flowering year round, this plant is very hard to overlook once you recognise it.