Cleomella arborea


Plant family: Capparaceae - Caper


Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color Yellow
Blooming Season Fall, Spring, Summer
Height 3-5 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
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Coastal Sage Scrub

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam

Special Characteristic

Hedges and Screens, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

Cleomella arborea as it is now named, has gone through multiple name changes in the recent past,and is still often labeled with a prior name in the trade. But it's performance and almost year round flowering is unchanging! This medium sized evergreen shrub has sunny yellow flowers which become 1" inflated green seed pods, which give it the name Bladderpod. It is a very underrated plant in our opinion, combining hardiness and drought tolerance with a very long flowering season. In fact, this plant hardly seems to stop flowering and the flowers are very attractive. The foliage is grey-green and pungent smelling. It is highly drought tolerant when established and prefers well draining soils. Until now it has mostly been used for highway and roadside plantings, but we predict that gardeners will be using it more and more in borders and on slopes to add year-round color to their landscape.

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This wonderful plant has brilliant yellow flowers all year long. They are intricate, delightful to photograph, and very popular with the honeybees. It wants full sun, and in bloom takes a slight bit more water. I can have a slightly musty/rough smell, but I only have one so far. I want to plant a small grouping (3) and see if my neighbors still talk to me. Agree it is underrated and very lovely flowers. Peritoma arborea

Posed by: David Koons, on Feb 23 2024 9:38PM