WASHINGTON CO., Mo. - Have you ever seen a flower made of ice?

A 5 On Your Side viewer found these Frost Flowers this past week in Washington County, Missouri.

These rare gems are ornate ice structures that form after a hard freeze, usually in the late autumn or in the spring. These “flowers,” that aren’t actually flowers, occur when the warm ground forces water through the lower stem of dead flowers of certain plants native to our region.

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They tend to melt quickly, so if you ever stumble upon them, be sure to grab a photo before they disappear.

Read more about frost flowers, here.