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Gardening sheet cleome isomeris


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Gardening sheet cleome isomeris

  1. 1. Bladderpod – Cleome isomeris (Isomeris arborea) (klee-OH-may eye-SAH-merr-is) Family: Capparaceae (Caper family) Native to: Hills, bluffs, stabilized dunes from seacoast to the desert edges; Ca to Baja CA woody shrub mature height: 2-10 ft. mature width: 3-6 ft. Moderate to large drought-deciduous shrub. Leaves are pale gray-green. Trunks of mature plants have a gnarled, interesting shape – rather like a large bonsai. Root is a long taproot. Growth characteristics: Attractive yellow flowers in terminal bunches, primarily in spring. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Seedpods are inflated “bladders” – hence the common name. Seeds are edible – can be used as a spicy flavoring. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: On slopes or in backs of beds. As specimen plant (for mature shape). Has unusual scent which some find disagreeable – plant where people won’t brush against it. Suitable for dry gardens, but loses leaves in dry season. Can be used for a natural/informal hedge or screen. Sensible substitute for: large non-native shrubs, including hedge shrubs. Attracts: Food and cover for birds, small wildlife. Attracts hummingbirds. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun Needs well-drained soil; does best in sandy soils but tolerates clays No supplemental water once established. Don’t overwater – very drought tolerant None needed Tolerates salt and alkali soils. Management: light pruning if needed. Doesn’t require much care. Readily reseeds on bare soil. Relatively disease and pest-free. from seed: relatively easy without any treatments. summer. From cuttings: take hardwood cuttings in fall. Propagation: Collect mature seed spring- Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1-3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 19-21, 24, 26, 28 11/26/10 © Project SOUND