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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Cleome isomeris Greene
Bladderpod spiderflower, Bladderpod
Synonym(s): Isomeris arborea, Isomeris arborea var. angustata, Isomeris arborea var. globosa, Isomeris arborea var. insularis
USDA Symbol: clis
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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.
, CA Native Distribution:
S. CA Native Habitat:
Subalkaline coastal bluffs; desert washes; stabilized dunes
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
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is possible.
Seed Collection: Mature capsules can be hand-picked. Seeds are both white and black; the black seeds having somewhat higher germination rates.
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff