the barn in fall

the barn in fall

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Silver Dollars

There's nothing unique or "rural" about the silver dollar (or honesty) plant, except that's where I found these - growing untended along the side of my rural road.  The plants may have started decades past in someone's garden, but long ago some seeds found their way to the thick weeds at the side of our road.  For years they have been seeding themselves there, surviving the sodium chloride sprays that reduce dust on the dirt roads in the summer, and the packed ice and snow from plows in the winter.  In spring they have beautiful purple flowers, and in late summer they look like this, with large round dull-looking seed pods.


But when you take them home and pull off the papery-thin membrane on each side and flick off the flat black seeds, they look like this:

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