Singapore daisy

Native to tropical America, Singapore daisy is a vigorous ground cover that spreads rapidly and out-competes native plants. In Queensland, it also invades lawns, irrigated areas, and areas around drains.

Singapore daisy is a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Scientific name

Sphagneticola trilobata

Similar species

  • Native beach flower


  • Vigorous ground cover or low-climbing plant.
  • Leaves are lush, glossy green, usually 3-lobed, 4-18cm long, 1.5-8cm wide, in pairs along stem.
  • Flowers are yellow to orange-yellow, daisy-like, 2cm wide, on short stalks above leaves.
  • Seeds are elongated, brown, 4-5mm long.


  • Found in gardens, parks, bushland, disturbed areas, along roadsides and footpaths.

Distribution in Queensland

  • Found in South East Queensland and coastal areas of northern and central Queensland.

Life cycle

  • Flowers year-round, mostly from spring to autumn.



  • Spreads rapidly and smothers seedlings, ferns and shrubs.
  • Invades environmental areas.

How it is spread

  • Spreads mainly by cuttings from slashing and pruning.


Physical control

  • Hand-pull and dig up runners.
  • Dispose of waste carefully, as smallest cutting can regrow.

Herbicide control

  • Herbicides are effective.

See the Singapore daisy fact sheet (PDF, 959KB) for herbicide control and application rates.

Biological control

  • No known biological control agents.

Legal requirements

  • Singapore daisy is a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
  • It must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit.
  • The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).
  • At a local level, each local government must have a biosecurity plan that covers invasive plants and animals in its area. This plan may include actions to be taken on certain species. Some of these actions may be required under local laws. Contact your local government for more information.
Last updated
12 October 2016