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PlantFiles: Bladderpod
Peritoma arborea

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

Synonym:Isomeris arborea

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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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

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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

Isomeris arborea's fruit is edible.

Positive caopenspace_org 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 Marmared 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 desert_witch 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 palmbob 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.


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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