Cleome isomeris Greene
Isomeris arborea Nutt.
Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. angustata Parish
Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. globosa Coville
Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. insularis Jeps.
Bladderpod, Arizona Bladderpod, Bladderpod Spiderflower
Bladderpod spiderflowers—what a great name!—are North American natives.
Identification: This shrub has a scent variously described as ”unusual,” “ill-scented,” or “pungent smelling.” It is remarkably rounded or oval in shape, up to 8' (2.4 m) around, evergreen, with inconspicuous thin gray-green leaves ½-1¾" (1.5-4.5 cm) long, usually in groups of three. Attractive bright yellow flowers with long stamens appear everywhere on the shrub. The fruits (the “bladderpods”) are variably shaped, resembling inflated paper lanterns. They are 1-1½" (3-4 cm) long, approximately oval, and smooth.
Cleome isomeris on Wildflowers in Santa Barbara
Cleome isomeris at Illinois Wildflowers
Cleome isomeris on the USDA Plants Database
Cleome isomeris at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Cleome isomeris as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension
Cleome isomeris on Desert-tropicals.com
Cleome isomeris from the Jepson Manual
Cleome isomeris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 7-10: