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PlantFiles: Silver Bladderpod
Lesquerella argyraea

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lesquerella (Les-keh-REL-luh) (Info)
Species: argyraea (ar-jy-ree-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Vesicaria argyraea

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On May 14, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant, but have observed it in its natural habitat.

Silver bladderpod (Lesquerella argyraea) can be found growing natively only in the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains Regions of Texas and the northern region of Mexico. It prefers calcareous limestone and sandy soils. It grows to a height of between 6 and 28 inches and its stems(can have several from the base) and alternate, simple leaves are finely pubescent being covered with stellate hairs. The entire, toothed or wavy upper stem leaves are 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long and are narrowly linear to broad: whereas, the entire to deeply pinnately lobed basal leaves are approximately 3 inches long. The foliage is covered with minute stellate hairs.

Silver bladderpod blooms from March to May. The 4-petalled yellow flowers are from 1/4 to 3/4 inches in diameter with four long and two short stamen. The 1/8 to 3/8 wide fruit (silicles) are usually round or elliptical. They are smooth, appear on pedicels that usually have an S-shaped curve. and are glabrous (hairless). The seeds are eaten by scaled quail and have been used as a peppery seasoning (not by the quail, but by man). The leaves are eaten by white-tailed deer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Antonio, Texas

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