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Bladderpod
Peritoma arborea

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Peritoma
Species: arborea (ar-BOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Isomeris arborea
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Fairfield, California

La Jolla, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Lucerne Valley, California

Richmond, California

San Diego, California

West Sacramento, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 15, 2010, AmyMorie from Green Cove Springs, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very happy native if not over-watered in the garden. Flowers much of the year in Los Angeles area; self-seeds if happy but easy to control. I've had about 50% success rate with small transplants. Grey-green foliage and lacy texture outstanding mixed with Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) for contrast and year-round interest.

Neutral

On Jun 14, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Isomeris arborea's fruit is edible.

Positive

On Oct 27, 2008, caopenspace_org from Long Beach, CA wrote:

I grew several of these in peat pots with a mix of peat moss and planting soil, planted seed 1/4" deep and kept moist until sprouted. My seedlings grew best in shaded area until the plant is about 6" high, then "harden" in direct sun. I collected seeds from dried pods that had fallen on the ground. Birds love the seed. Good background plant in my California native garden.

Positive

On Oct 8, 2006, Marmared from West Sacramento, CA wrote:

I have this plant growing in heavy clay soil. It is one of the few plants able to grow in an area which gets little water. Very colorful.

Neutral

On Mar 21, 2006, desert_witch from Lucerne Valley, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I think it's a pretty desert shrub. If transplanting, get it while it's very small, as it's got a long taproot which makes it difficult to move once established.

Neutral

On Mar 8, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Peculiar native shrub to Southern California and Baja California. Has bright deep yellow flowers in early spring, later winter and swollen, 'bladder-like' seed pods. Very drought tolerant plant.