Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Cleome isomeris Greene
Bladderpod spiderflower, Bladderpod
Capparaceae (Caper Family)
Extremely variable as to foliage and fruit,
this ill-scented, evergreen
shub is usually rounded, erect, widely branched and appoximately 4 ft. tall. The odd-smelling, yellow flowers are followed by curious pods that resemble paper lanterns. Lacy, gray-green leaves are palmately compound.
The species name comes from the Greek words isos (equal) and meris (part), possibly describing the equal halves of the pod.
Image Gallery: 12 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Dec
Bloom Notes: Has an unusual scent.
AZ , CA Native Distribution:
S. CA Native Habitat:
Subalkaline coastal bluffs; desert washes; stabilized dunes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained, slightly alkaline soils
Conditions Comments: Seems to be deer-proof. Drought tolerant and wind resistant.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes