A few months ago I saw a dried silver dollar plant arrangement at our local grocery store. I hadn’t seen them since I worked as a gardener in high school, and I’d forgotten all about them and how fascinating and lovely I thought they were. I happened to be with my husband at the time, so I gushed to him about them. Well, halfway through my birthday, my husband remembered it was my birthday ;) and ran over to the grocery store, coming back with two delicious varieties of chocolate ice cream and a bunch of dried silver dollars. I was touched he actually listened and then remembered, and aren’t they so pretty!
The thing about silver dollar plants, or Lunaria annua, is that even though it’s pretty when it’s green, it’s breathtaking dried. The plant is biennial, and the first year it’s pretty small, but it shoots up to 3-4 feet during it’s second spring and blossoms with pretty purple-pink flowers. People like it because it’s unusual to see this sort of tall flowering plant in the spring, but I like because that second autumn when it starts to die, the flat, waxy green seed pods start to flake leaving this onion skin-like discs housing little seeds. I really like the pearlescent quality.