Alabama Snow-wreath Neviusia alabamensis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Alabama snow wreath


The Alabama snow-wreath is a deciduous shrub native to the southeastern United States. This plant is known for its gracefully arching branches and the ornamental quality it brings to a landscape. Its leaves are oval to broadly lance-shaped, with serrated edges giving a slightly ruffled texture to the foliage. The green leaves can turn yellow to yellow-green in the fall, adding seasonal interest. One of the most distinctive features of the Alabama snow-wreath is its spring bloom. The plant produces clusters of small, airy, white flowers that cover the branches. These flowers have a distinctive frilly appearance, each with numerous stamens that give them a fuzzy, snow-like quality, which is how the plant receives its common name. After flowering, small greenish fruit may appear, but these are typically inconspicuous. The Alabama snow-wreath has a multi-stemmed growth habit, often with a rounded overall shape that provides a lush and full appearance in a landscape setting.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Alabama Snow-wreath, Alabama Neviusia, Snow Wreath

    • Common names

      Neviusia alabamensis

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Alabama Snow-wreath is not widely known for toxicity to humans. There is no significant information suggesting that this plant is poisonous or that it would cause adverse effects if ingested. However, as with many plants, it is generally recommended to avoid ingesting parts of plants that are not known to be edible, as they may cause digestive discomfort or allergic reactions in some individuals.

    • To pets

      Alabama Snow-wreath does not have a reputation for being toxic to pets. There is limited information available on its effects when ingested by animals such as cats or dogs. It is usually a good practice to prevent pets from consuming plants that are not confirmed to be safe, as some plants could cause gastrointestinal upset or other health issues in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested this plant and is showing signs of illness, consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeastern United States


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: Neviusia alabamensis, commonly known as Alabama Snow-wreath, is used in landscaping for its decorative white blooms that resemble snowflakes.
    • Habitat support: Its flowers provide nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Erosion control: The Alabama Snow-wreath's root system can help stabilize soil, reducing erosion in areas where it is planted.
    • Low maintenance: This plant is known for requiring minimal care once established, making it convenient for gardeners.
    • Drought tolerance: It can survive dry conditions, which is beneficial in regions prone to water scarcity or drought.
    • Shade tolerance: Alabama Snow-wreath can grow well in shaded areas where other plants might not thrive.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Neviusia alabamensis, commonly known as Alabama Snow-wreath, can be used as a natural fence or boundary marker due to its dense and bushy growth habit.
    • The plant's attractive foliage and white fluffy flowers make it suitable for ornamental use in formal garden borders and foundation plantings.
    • Alabama Snow-wreath can function as a backdrop in shaded woodland gardens, providing a light, airy texture behind smaller shade-loving plants.
    • The plant's resistance to deer browsing makes it a good choice for gardens in areas with high deer populations.
    • With its ability to grow in a variety of soil types, including clay, Alabama Snow-wreath is useful for erosion control on slopes and banks.
    • The dense thickets created by Alabama Snow-wreath make it an excellent habitat and nesting site for various small birds and insects.
    • Its fibrous roots can help improve soil structure over time, making it beneficial for soil health in managed landscapes and reclamation sites.
    • When planted en masse, Alabama Snow-wreath can create a natural privacy screen for outdoor living spaces or to hide unsightly views.
    • The plant’s ability to grow in partial shade makes it ideal for underplanting beneath larger trees where other plants might struggle.
    • Due to its low maintenance requirements, Alabama Snow-wreath is an appropriate choice for xeriscaping in regions where water conservation is necessary.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Alabama snow-wreath is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Alabama snow-wreath is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience - Neviusia alabamensis, commonly known as Alabama Snow-wreath, is a hardy shrub that can thrive in a wide range of soil conditions, symbolizing the ability to withstand and adapt to various environments and circumstances.
    • Rarity - Alabama Snow-wreath is a rare and lesser-known plant, often symbolizing uniqueness and the value of rare beauty in the world.
    • Rebirth - As a deciduous shrub that sheds its leaves annually, Alabama Snow-wreath represents the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, reminding us of the renewal and fresh starts.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Alabama Snow-wreath should be watered regularly, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water about once a week with approximately 1 to 1.5 gallons per plant, depending on the size and weather conditions. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant is dormant. It's crucial to avoid letting the soil dry out completely, but also to prevent standing water which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Alabama Snow-wreath thrives best in partial shade to full sun conditions. It is adaptable but prefers a spot that receives morning sunlight and is protected from the intense afternoon sun. The ideal location would receive filtered light throughout the day or direct sun in the cooler parts of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Alabama Snow-wreath can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but prefers conditions between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 0 degrees and maximum temperatures up to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, provided it is not exposed to these extremes for prolonged periods.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Alabama Snow-wreath in late winter or early spring before new growth begins to maintain its shape and promote healthy growth. Pruning can also be done after flowering to remove spent blooms and any dead or damaged branches. Regular pruning helps to rejuvenate the plant and encourage denser foliage.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Alabama Snow-wreath prefers well-draining soil with abundant organic matter, a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5, and a mix composed of leaf mold, coarse sand, and loamy garden soil can achieve ideal conditions.

  • circleLife cycle

    Alabama snow-wreath (Neviusia alabamensis) begins its life cycle when seeds, typically dispersed by wind or water, germinate in moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. The seedlings develop into multi-stemmed deciduous shrubs with arching branches, reaching maturity in several years. Once mature, the shrubs produce clusters of small, white, fluffy flowers in the spring, which are pollinated by insects. After pollination, the flowers develop into fruit that does not open to release seeds, instead relying on external forces for seed dispersal. The plant goes through a period of dormancy during the winter months. With a lifespan of many years, Alabama snow-wreath can reproduce annually, creating thickets over time through clonal growth from its root system, as well as through seed production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Alabama snow-wreath (Neviusia alabamensis) is commonly propagated through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer, which is the ideal time frame for this method. To propagate, a gardener would cut a healthy and non-flowering shoot of about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long, ensuring that several leaves are present. The lower leaves are typically removed, and the cut end of the cutting is dipped in a rooting hormone to stimulate root growth. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a similar well-draining rooting medium. The pot is kept in a warm, humid environment while protecting the cutting from direct sunlight until roots have developed, which can be checked by gently tugging on the plant after a few weeks. Once roots are established, the new Alabama snow-wreath plant can be transferred to a more permanent location.