Reminded by my blog post from this time last year, it turns out I saw frost flower and took pictures of it exactly the same days in 2015 as this year!

So easy to miss, frost flower only lasts from early to mid-morning and can be chalked up as nothing but some shredded tissue paper when seen from a distance. Yet, upon closer inspection, one can see frozen sap formations unique to each plant stem as individual snowflakes.

If you want to see this phenomenon in your own yard, you will have to choose one (or all) of these Missouri native plants: Common Dittany (Cunila origanoides), Stinkweed (Pluchea camphorate), or Crownbeard (Verbesina virginica).

Pictures taken at the Healing Garden, Forest Park.

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