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:
''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.