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Ice is white, and so are frostweed flowers

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While we’re on the subject of frostweed, Verbesina virginica, let me make up for not showing you any flowers of that species this past fall. If you didn’t know the real reason that frostweed is called frostweed you might think it’s because of these white flowers. This tall plant (up to 3m, or 10 ft.) is in the sunflower family, so the larger white areas are ray flowers and the smaller ones of a creamier white are disk flowers.

Today’s picture is from Rain Creek Parkway in my northwest Austin neighborhood on December 6th. Given how late in the year that was, these flowers were beginning to dry out and turn brown, so I had to scrounge a bit for a presentable bunch. Even at that late date, however, some frostweed buds were still emerging. Here’s a closeup of some:

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If you’d like a reminder of how nice frostweed flowers can look in their prime, and how they appeal to insects, check out this post from 2014.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 13, 2016 at 4:57 AM

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