Cleome isomeris Greene
Bladderpod Spiderflower, Bladderpod
Capparaceae (Caper Family)
Synonym(s): Isomeris arborea, Isomeris arborea var. angustata, Isomeris arborea var. globosa, Isomeris arborea var. insularis
USDA Symbol: CLIS
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
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.
DistributionUSA: AZ , 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cleome isomeris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cleome isomeris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cleome isomeris
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff