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Dittany

Photo of dittany flowers
Cunila origanoides
Sometimes called "wild oregano," dittany (like true oregano) is a member of the mint family and can be used as a culinary herb and in teas. Look for it on dry, wooded slopes in Ozark counties. More

Dittany

Photo of dittany flowers
Sometimes called "wild oregano," dittany (like true oregano) is a member of the mint family and can be used as a culinary herb and in teas. Look for it on dry, wooded slopes in Ozark counties. More

Fragile Frost Flowers

If you’ve been out exploring the countryside on a cold morning recently, you may have encountered the short-lived frost flower. More
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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. More

Frost Flowers

Photo of frost flower, ribbonlike frozen sap at base of plant stem
Not really flowers at all, these delicate ribbons of ice crystals form on a few species of Missouri native plants in late fall. Learn when and where you might see them. More

Frost Flowers

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Nature spends autumn nights creating fragile ice sculptures. More

White Crownbeard (Wingstem; Frostweed)

Photo of white crownbeard plant with flowers
Verbesina virginica
It’s called “white crownbeard” for the look of the flowers. “Wingstem” describes the narrow green “wings” running along the stem, especially on the lower half of the plant. It’s called “frostweed” for the strange and beautiful formations formed at the stem bases after a sudden hard frost. More

White Crownbeard (Wingstem; Frostweed)

Photo of white crownbeard plant with flowers
It’s called “white crownbeard” for the look of the flowers. “Wingstem” describes the narrow green “wings” running along the stem, especially on the lower half of the plant. It’s called “frostweed” for the strange and beautiful formations formed at the stem bases after a sudden hard frost. More