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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Lesquerella fendleri (Gray) S. Wats.
Fendler's bladderpod, Fendlerís bladderpod, Popweed
USDA Symbol: LEFE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Yellow flowers in loose short racemes at stem ends of a low, rather tightly tufted, silvery-gray perennial; plant surfaces covered with tiny, star-like scales. Fendlerís bladderpod is a upright or sprawling, hairy plant, 1-16 in. high. Several stems, usually branched, form tufts or clumps. The plant appears silvery-gray. Bright yellow, 1 in. flowers in are loosely arranged in elongating terminal spikes. The small, round fruiting pods stand erect.
This is one of the earliest plants to flower in its area; its bright yellow is conspicuous against the drab ground of early spring. In the same region is the similar but annual Gordons Bladderpod (L. gordonii), which has several slender stems that lie on the ground, turning up at the tips; unlike Fendlers Bladderpod, it is not tufted and has a more open appearance.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX , UT Native Distribution:
W. KS to UT, s. to n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Plains & mesas; 4000-7000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or rocky, calcareous soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay Caliche type, Limestone-based, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: One of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. Spikes of golden flowers are showy against the barren areas where in naturally occurs.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Color Use Medicinal:
Tea used as a remedy for spiderbites. (Weiner) Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0509
Collected Apr 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0152
Collected Mar. 3, 1991 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
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Record Modified: 2010-05-13
Research By: TWC Staff