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Frost flowers: a late fall phenomenon

MDC Forestry Resource Assistant Justin Pleimling took this photo of a frost flower Friday morning at Holly Ridge Conservation Area in Stoddard County. (Source: Missouri Dept. of Conservation) MDC Forestry Resource Assistant Justin Pleimling took this photo of a frost flower Friday morning at Holly Ridge Conservation Area in Stoddard County. (Source: Missouri Dept. of Conservation)
STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

If you've seen a frost flower in person, consider yourself very lucky!

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, their season is brief and they disappear very quickly.

So what exactly is a frost flower?

It's not actually a flower at all!

Frost flowers are ribbons of frozen sap that form at the base of a few species of Missouri native plants, according to the department of conservation.

They only occur in late fall after the first few hard freezes and while the ground is still warm.

Once the sun comes out, they disappear.

Missouri plants that are known to produce frost flowers include the dittany, stinkweed, and white crownbeard.

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