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.
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.