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Dittany

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.

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Dittany

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.

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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.

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

Frost Flower

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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Frost Flowers

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Nature spends autumn nights creating fragile ice sculptures.

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Frost Flowers

For a few select species of plants, sudden cold snaps in autumn and winter can produce icypatterns, often called frost flowers.

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Frost Flowers

For a few selectspecies of plants, sudden cold snaps in autumn and winter can produce icypatterns, often called frost flowers.

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Frost Flowers

Frost flowers usually occur in late autumn or early winter, but they have appeared as late as January on white crownbeard plants at MDC's Gorman Discovery Center.

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

Frost Flowers

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.

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MDC offers tips for native plants prone to frost flowers

Certain plants will produce pretty ice patterns on stems during fall and winter

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