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Cleome isomeris

Bladderpod spiderflower, Bladderpod

Capparaceae (Caper Family)

Cleome isomeris (Bladderpod spiderflower)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
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.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Dec
Bloom Notes: Has an unusual scent.


Native Distribution: S. CA
Native Habitat: Subalkaline coastal bluffs; desert washes; stabilized dunes

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Interesting Foliage: yes

Last Update: 2009-02-20