It was just slightly below freezing this past week, and I didn’t think the temperature was quite cold enough for “frost flowers” (ice formations). However, I looked out the window and saw something white. I immediately headed for the backyard, and sure enough, there they were.
Frost flowers are the primary reason I grow Common Dittany (Cunila origanoides). It’s a small airy plant (about 1 ft tall), great for edges, and I look forward to its small delicate lavender flowers in midsummer and seed heads (pictured below).
I’m never sure when frost flowers will appear or what they will look like, but they’re always a great surprise. I love the delicate curves and swirls, especially when they’re back-lit by the sun. For more information on what causes them, see my 2011 frost flower post.
Common Dittany is another Kentucky native plant that I wish was better known. I’m delighted to have it in my backyard year-round, and especially glad for the winter magic it provides.