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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
8:34 AM

Post #9365347

Just wanted to share this little Nature oddity with you all. I find them fascinating.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/delicately-ethereal-frost-flowers


Moon
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9365392

Thanks for that Moon. We had our first real frost this morning. Makes me wish that I had gone out to see what I may have found. Remarkably beautiful!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #9365468

All I found after our first frost was a few frost coated spider webs scattered across the yard...by the time I got inside to get the camera and back out, they were already starting to melt...

You are most welcome. Some of those pics are just exquisite to me.

Moon

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


December 23, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9365543

Cool. Must happen in dry areas as I think I've only seen that once. It's sorta like slowly exploding sap gets frozen in air.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9365649

Yeah, they say it is a mix of sap and water being drawn from the stems/trunks. has to be a hard freeze over unfrozen ground.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9365668

neat- thanks!
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9365671

There is a plant well-know for this phenomenon - Verbesina virginica - commonly known as "frostweed". It can produce spectacular ice formations in the right conditions. Here's the best I could do for sample pics using Google images: https://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1664&bih=907&q=Verbesina+virginica+ice&oq=Verbesina+virginica+ice

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #9365674

amazing!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #9365675

Ain't Nature grand? Thanks Tom...I did wonder if Verbesina was the only plant that made frost flowers, or just a very common source.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2012
6:25 PM

Post #9365686

I've seen frost flowers from Salvia, Solidago, and occasionally other plants... it depends on the weather conditions. Generally what is needed is mild weather followed by a hard freeze with calm wind.. But V. virginica seems to produce the most spectacular examples.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 23, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9365696

Texas forum- our natives love, and Frostweed shares lots of pix every winter, chuckl, but those are some really good pix!
2vernes
Blytheville, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 24, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9365983

In the hills of Arkansas this is called rabbit ice. Don't know why, maybe it looks like a rabbit.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 24, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9366273

That is why I love threads like this...you find out all sorts of cool new things. Thanks Y'all. oh, and I do hope each of you has a lovely Holiday season...

Moon

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9366744

Merry Christmas! Dear my friends! Chuckl, one more flown by!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9366997

You too moon!
Merry Christmas all!
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9367035

Merry Christmas to all. And I add my prayer that our New Year is a Peaceful one….Happy 2013 everyone! Peace!

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