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Snow Squarestem - Melanthera nivea

Snow Squarestem - Melanthera nivea

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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 2-4 feet tall, with a spread of 1-2 feet.

•Phenology: Herbaceous perennial with square stems and opposite leaves. Produces clusters of small, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Blooms intermittently throughout the year, with peak flowering typically occurring in spring and summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of both drought and occasional flooding; prefers moist, well-drained soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Moderate tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Suitable for coastal landscapes, butterfly gardens, and naturalized areas. Provides habitat and cover for various wildlife species.

•Maintenance Tips: Snow Squarestem is relatively low-maintenance but may benefit from occasional pruning to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased stems. Deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooming.

•Considerations: Snow Squarestem may self-seed and naturalize in favorable growing conditions. Considered a weed in some areas but valued for its wildlife benefits in others.

•Edible: Not commonly used for culinary purposes.

•Medicinal Uses: Snow Squarestem has limited documented medicinal uses, but some indigenous cultures have used it for various ailments.

•Toxicity to Pets: The foliage of Snow Squarestem is not known to be toxic to pets.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Snow Squarestem pairs well with other native species such as beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) and seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens).

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat, cover, and food for various wildlife species. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, while the foliage provides shelter for small insects.

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