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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 (3)

  1. Nature never disappoints in blowing my mind, what a cool effect. I've learned that they're so fragile that the first ray of sunlight destroys them. Luckily, their schedule seem very compatible with your early mornings ;) Posted 8 days ago, modified 8 days ago
    1. Yes! Now that we are moved out here, I look forward to looking for them in the early mornings! We have a large population of these flowers right across from our driveway!

      Now if we can get some cooler weather. We have been breaking records with temperatures above 100F for the past 2 weeks.
      Posted 8 days ago, modified 8 days ago
      1. That would be soooo awesome if you found them at the right time! Posted 8 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 11, 2019. Captured Sep 11, 2019 09:24 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/16.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO125
  • 100mm