I suspect they are the work of garden fairies out visiting their friends and family, the woodland fairies.
Yellow ironweed (Verbesina alternifolia) and white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) can create frost flowers. White crownbeard is known as frost beard.
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to see frost flowers.
They amaze me. When neighbor Bill told me about them, I thought he was pulling my leg. So he went out, armed with a camera along with his deer hunting buddies. He came back with photos to prove they exist. I’ve never seen one. You can only find them in that precarious season between fall and winter.
Delicate and light, I have friends who said she ate them when she was a kid during the Great Depression.
Scout out the area while you can still identify the green plant known as ironweed (Verbesina alternifolia)
It happens when there is a freeze, but before the ground freezes.
It’s not likely that I will ever see one, as soon as the sun touches them, they vanish. And, I’m not real sure I want to be out in the Missouri woods during deer hunting season. Deer Season is an event in Southeast Missouri, just about as big as Thanksgiving.
Missouri Gardener 2011 March/April
I have a story in this months March/April 2011 edition of Missouri Gardener. That makes me proud and happy.
I think what makes me love this magazine even more, is the fact that this is the second edition, the second month that this magazine has published. When magazines and news papers a disappearing daily, State By State is rolling out monthly magazines about gardening to an ever increasing number of states.
Today I was in Springfield, where Barbara St Clair lives.
I bought a copy of the magazine to take to her and say thank you for allowing me to share her garden with the public. Barnes and Noble bookstore in Springfield has copies of the Missouri Gardener.
She too is a Master Gardener and has donated many (hundreds of) hours to the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Springfield, Missouri’s Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and the Xeriscape Garden.
She told me that because the article mentioned her and the Master Gardeners, The Botanical Center had decided to start carrying Missouri Gardener magazine. I was happy to hear that news. I hope theword gets out about Missouri Gardener.
If you have never been to the xeriscape garden sponsored by Springfield Master Gardeners or the Botanical Center.
Make time to see them this gardening season. Become a member or donate online.
I think the Botanical Gardens are a destination site, worthy of a day trip or weekend get away. When you go, tell me what you think.
You can subscribe to your state by state gardening magazine on line.