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The Plant That Collects Frost

In the summer woods in the pine barrens on Long Island, New York you might spot this yellow flower growing single on a single stem in fields and along the edges of fore lines. Frostweed gets its name from the formation of ice crystals at the bottom of its stem. It is a pretty flower that only blooms for one day. It prefers open sunny areas along the edges of oak woodlands. It is secure in most areas in the eastern U.S. Since there are other plants that are also called frostweed, I give you its scientific name: Helianthemum canadensis.

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