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PlantFiles: Snow Squarestem
Melanthera nivea

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melanthera (mel-ANTH-er-uh) (Info)
Species: nivea (NIV-ee-uh) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lilwren On Aug 4, 2014, lilwren from Central, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It is a pollinator magnet. If you garden for wildlife it is a great addition. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love this wildflower.

It is native to AL, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MS, SC, and TN. So, it grows in many other zones besides 9a and 9b.

Neutral jlosc On Aug 4, 2009, jlosc from Gibsonia, FL wrote:

The flowers on my Snow Squarestem (Melanthera nivea) are white to pink.

The bees LOVE this plant, and that is the reason we got the plant as we have seen a diminished number of bees in the area.

The plant was doing great for over a year. About June 09 the stems got black and the flowers and leaves dried and shrivelled up.

We cut the plant way back to save it. We then sprayed it with a copper treatment.

It is now beginning of August 09 and the plant is doing great and about 12" high.

We really hope that this plant will continue to flourish, and I have a note in to the nursery to find out what was wrong with it, so we can prevent it from happening again.

Neutral artcons On May 16, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very fast & vigorus growing "weed" that attracts butterflies. It's square stalk branches have a tendency to droop with the weight of the large water laden leaves. Flowers to about 1" diameter white/off white with black specks. In Florida it's called "Salt & Pepper".
The plant is a Florida native.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooker, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (3 reports)
Key West, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Largo, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Trenton, Florida

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