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Karen Benson Texas Master Naturalist

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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.

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  • Frostweed is a common wildflower in Texas and surrounding states. It grows up during the summer, defying heat and drought, and flowers in the fall. Late-season blossoms provide a lot of nectar for butterflies and bees. Even after frost knocks back the plant’s top, its roots will continue to take on water. Sometimes, this can result in the peculiar phenomenon called “crystallofolia.”
    Frostweed is a common wildflower in Texas and surrounding states. It grows up during the summer, defying heat and drought, and flowers in the fall. Late-season blossoms provide a lot of nectar for butterflies and bees. Even after frost knocks back the plant’s top, its roots will continue to take on water. Sometimes, this can result in the peculiar phenomenon called “crystallofolia.”
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  • Tall Goldenrod has panicles of hundreds of tiny golden flower heads. This nectar producer is a magnet for bees and butterflies in the fall.
    Tall Goldenrod has panicles of hundreds of tiny golden flower heads. This nectar producer is a magnet for bees and butterflies in the fall.
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  • A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
    A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
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