Frost Flowers Bloom in the Ozarks

Have you seen “Frost Flowers” blooming lately? If so, you have had to get out early in the morning during the first few hard frosts. Frost flowers, also known as “ice ribbons”, are formed by super cooled water being extruded through plant stems and freezing the minute they hit the cold air. They are beautiful, delicate and transient, destined to disappear when the temperature rises – or before – if the sun hits them for a few minutes. For more information about these ephemeral delights, follow this link to the Missouri Department of Conservation page>

*Photo by Bob Kipfer