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A Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) Creates an Unusual Ice Bloom

From a distance it looked like a white plastic bag that had been snagged on the dead stem of a weed.  On closer inspection, it turned out to be a Frostweed (Verbesina virginica), with an ice sculpture wrapped around its stem.  … Continue reading

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Postscript to Frostweeds: Needle Ice

At the end of the third week in January, Central North Carolina experienced a severe winter storm, with snow, sleet, and freezing rain.  Warm weather began to prevail in the days that followed, and the ice and snow melted rapidly, … Continue reading

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Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) “Blooms” in Central North Carolina

Frostweed – Verbesina virginica – is one of the very few plant species that can form unique and beautiful ice sculptures when winter conditions are favorable.  The weather in Central North Carolina this January produced perfect conditions for the creation of these ice formations, … Continue reading

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Flowering Now in Central North Carolina: Verbesina occidentalis (Crownbeard) and Its Relatives

Verbesina occidentalis (Crownbeard) is arguably one of the most visible flowering plants in North Carolina.  The tall stems and yellow blooms of this native perennial are hard to miss due to the sheer numbers of plants blooming.  Crownbeard seems to be … Continue reading

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