Frost Flower

Photo of frost flower, ribbonlike frozen sap at base of plant stem

At least three Missouri plants form “frost flowers.” With the first hard freezes of a winter, water in the roots and stems is squeezed out of cracks in the stems and freezes, forming ribbonlike ice of amazing structures, the bands about two inches wide in elegant bows. Like frost, these formations quickly melt when the morning sun warms them.

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