Ribbons of ice formations found on plants New Year’s Day

Ice formed on plants between Driftwood and Wimberley (Courtesy Kate Bode)
Ice formed on plants between Driftwood and Wimberley (Courtesy Kate Bode)

A number of our viewers sent photos of ice formations on various plants Monday after freezing morning temperatures area-wide. The phenomenon is known as “frostweed.” The cause for these formations is unusual, but can occur during a freeze like the one we’ve been experiencing in Central Texas this week.

When temperatures plummet to below freezing conditions, the water being drawn into these plants is pushed out from the stem during freezing temperatures, forming these “ribbons” of ice.

Ice formed on plants (Courtesy Madonna Kimball)
Ice formed on plants (Courtesy Madonna Kimball)
Ice formed on plants in Walnut Creek Park (Courtesy Laura Pfefferle)
Ice formed on plants in Walnut Creek Park (Courtesy Laura Pfefferle)
Ice formed on plants between Driftwood and Wimberley (Courtesy Kate Bode)
Ice formed on plants between Driftwood and Wimberley (Courtesy Kate Bode)

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