Melanthera nivea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Snow Squarestem, Salt & Pepper

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-5 ft tall by 2-4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Edges of upland hardwood forests, hydric hammocks, maritime hammocks, pine flatwoods, pine-oak-hickory woods, calcareous hammocks, coastal hammocks, open areas.


Recommended Uses:Use in a butterfly garden or informal wildflower garden.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand



Heavily used by butterflies, skippers, bees, and wasps for nectar.  This plant is an insect magnet.