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Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) At the edge of a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest.<br />
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This plant gets its common name from an unusual phenomenon that occurs with the first freezing temperatures of the year. The cell walls of stems burst under freezing conditions and form unique ice formations called frost flowers!<br />
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Watch this cool Youtube video of them forming:<br />
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Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)

At the edge of a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest.

This plant gets its common name from an unusual phenomenon that occurs with the first freezing temperatures of the year. The cell walls of stems burst under freezing conditions and form unique ice formations called frost flowers!

Watch this cool Youtube video of them forming:

    comments (4)

  1. That is absolutely wonderful, great educational post, Lisa! Posted 11 days ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy! Posted 11 days ago
  2. That’s incredible! Will you be able to go back and check them once it gets cold? Posted 11 days ago
    1. I will try! Supposedly, the structures melt really quickly so you have to catch them at JUST the right time! Posted 11 days ago

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''Verbesina virginica'', the white crownbeard, is a species of flowering plant in the aster family.
It is native to the Southeastern United States, where it is found in calcareous soil, often in bottomland thickets and edges of woods.

It is a tall biennial species. It produces heads of white flowers in late summer through fall.

Similar species: Asterales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Sep 13, 2018. Captured Sep 3, 2018 00:06 in 152 Hopewell Church Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO320
  • 60mm