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Frostweed

Frostweed

Radnor Reflections, December 9, 2011

This strange phenomenon stopped us in our tracks today. When the temperature drops to around freezing, the stem of this plant, called Frostweed, exudes water that freezes into interesting shapes. In the summer, when there are some leaves and flowers present, I would recognize Frostweed as Tickweed. It has dozens of other common names because of its unique characteristics, but the scientific one that encompasses them all is Verbesina virginica. Whatever its called, I have a new appreciation for it.

Tickweed

Tickweed

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