Loveless, Brenda K.
Lesquerella gracilis (Hook.) S. Wats.
Spreading bladderpod, Cloth-of-gold
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Spreading bladderpod or cloth-of-gold is an upright or sprawling, hairy annual,
to 20 in. Several stems are usually branched; the younger portions gray colored, the older portions less hairy and more green. Yellow flowers, sometimes streaked with orange near the base, occur in a short, dense, terminal spike.
Masses of this plant form solid sheets of yellow in early spring.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AL , AR , IL , KS , LA , MS , MO , NE , OK , TN , TX Native Distribution:
C. & s.c. TX, OK, MS & AR Native Habitat:
Prairies; pastures; roadsides; disturbed areas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or calcareous, clay soils
Conditions Comments: Masses of this plant form solid sheets of yellow in early spring.
Small, roundish fruit
is eaten by the falcate
orangetip butterfly. Attracts:
Butterflies Larval Host: Falcate
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: