No, they aren’t the new species on the list, nor are they growing grandma’s hair! This white, curly, other-worldly thing is nothing but ice! Commonly known as a ‘frost flower,’ Frost flowers are a thin layer of ice that gets extruded from plants or wood. This elusive yet beauteous patterns curl up into petals, resembling a frozen flower.
This hairy like substance unfurls from cracks in wood, and flowers in winter. This process requires the presence of fungus. Their formation is reliant on freezing weather conditions. The fluid that passes through the stems in the plants tends to expand when frozen; causing it to drain through the cracks known as ‘linear fissures’, as soon as it comes into contact with the air it forms a fragile petal.
These frost blossoms are so exquisite that as soon as the sun is at its peak, they melt! They can be best seen during the early mornings when the temperatures dip below the freezing point. You can also spot color variations in early mornings that reflects blue color of the sky or the yellow hues of the sunlight.
Watch out for this unbelievable frost art of this frost plant-