We live on a one-lane gravel road in a rural wooded area, and almost always when I go for a walk down the road, I find something interesting. This time it was a plant that I had never seen before growing in the wild.
Lunaria, also known as the Silver Dollar Plant or Money Plant, has seed pods that dry to flat, silvery discs that often are used in dried arrangements. I had seen these plants on an earlier walk when they were in bloom but hadn’t bothered to try to capture the delicate purple flowers. Not until the seed pods appeared did I realize these were not ordinary wildflowers. Later in the summer the pods should dry to the silvery color so prized in flower arrangements.