This is an Ice Flower. An Ice flower is a rare event. They bloom only one day per year and last only a few hours in the morning. An ice flower blooms on the first hard, deep frost. Certain species of native weed have a tuberous, shallow root and when the freezing temperatures penetrate into the first inch or so of soil the water in the root system expands and is forced out of the root of the plan through the dried and brittle stem to form these beautiful ribbons of ice. You must get up early to see them, before the morning sun has touched them or even warmed the frosty air. One touch, one breath and you have to wait another year to find one.