A Different Kind of Ice Plant

When we left our campground early in the morning walking towards the next pass, we noticed all these bizarre ice formations.

There seems to be a connection between a particular plant (which, at this time of year, looks completely dry) and the icy curls growing around it.

Does anyone have an idea what this could be and how it is formed?

Ice Plant in Zanskar

Ice Plant Formation

Beautiful Ice Plant

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6 Responses to “A Different Kind of Ice Plant”

  • avatar Thomas
    November 21st, 2008 at 10:43 am

    It seems I’m not the only one who’s overcome with curiosity. Amit, our Israeli friend, sent us this link with possible explanations on how these formations come into being.

  • avatar ptcandal
    November 24th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I call them “Ice Sculptures” and have been photographing them for ten years here in South Carolina at the edge of Mingo Creek swamp. Here they appear around the base and up the stem of the plant Thoroughwort, one of the eupatoriums. I have not seen them on anything else.

  • avatar carrieannmarco
    November 26th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    One of my students from India sent me this link. Time lapsed photography and the Frost Flower.

  • avatar Brittany
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Here is a time lapse video of how these are formed with a relatively simple explanation for the formation of these!


  • avatar T Ish
    October 21st, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    We are looking for good pictures of frost flowers to illustrate an article and like some of your pictures. Please contact us at the email address listed subject line frost flower photos
    Thank you,
    T Ish

  • avatar Tony
    October 22nd, 2012 at 10:13 am

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