These plants are informally known as “Little Einsteins”. Before blooming, they look like twisted tufts of white hair. The image below is a Dryas in full bloom, before deseeding. Similar to the dandelion, the Dryas distributes it’s seeds through the wind. Unlike the dandelion, the Dryas is a “nitrogen fixer”, meaning that decomposition leaves a nitrogen rich soil vital to the successive process of the boreal eco-system. Aside from that, they are cool looking plants, which are found just about everywhere.