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Ice Sculptures in the Barnyard

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As most of the country has, we down here in Texas are experiencing some extremely cold weather but the people that have livestock accept the varying chores as just part of being good stewards of the animals that God has put in their care. Breaking ice on the water trough and having it refreeze as you are breaking it, it’s a little daunting. The horses are grateful and continue munching as I snap photos of the Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, that exploded overnight in their barn yard.

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Frost weed is one of our native plants that is an exceptional source of nectar for butterflies. It is hardy and blooms in the hottest part of the summer until the frost.

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And at Frost or in this case freezing, the sap inside the stems freezes and bursts outward creating delicate ice sculptures.

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Frostweed has large dark green leaves that Native Americans would roll and smoke like tobacco in ceremonies.
Parts of the plant were also used for stomach ailments similar to a laxative, and to treat eye infections.
It is a wonderful plant to point out to children at this time of year. It has always delighted me.

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This entry was published on December 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm. It’s filed under nature and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Ice Sculptures in the Barnyard

  1. Molly Burnette on said:

    Wonderful photos Lissa! I love the ice heaving out of the Frostweed. It’s almost blooming!

  2. I’ve never seen Frostweed – how beautiful it is!
    MJ

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