If that's too fanciful for you, then they we can go with science and call it capillary action.
All it takes is a warm winter day followed by a cold winter night. During the day, Verbesina virginica's roots draw water up into the stem and later that night freezing temperatures force the sap from the stems where they freeze into sculptural ice candy flower curls.
Capillary action is magical when it's this beautiful!
I hope to never tire of seeing the marvelous and magical that nature has to show me.
More about Verbesina virginica read:
Bees Don't Care If Flower Is Beautiful,
Have You Seen The Frost Flowers and
An Almost Perfect Winter Flower
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -- Eden Phillpotts
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.