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Fendler's Bladderpod

Scientific Name: Lesquerella fendleri

Common Names: Fendler's Bladderpod

Description

Yellow flowers in loose short racemes at stem ends of a low, rather tightly tufted, silvery-gray perennial; plant surfaces covered with tiny, star-like scales. Fendler’s bladderpod is a upright or sprawling, hairy plant, 1-16 in. high. Several stems, usually branched, form tufts or clumps. The plant appears silvery-gray. Bright yellow, 1 in. flowers in are loosely arranged in elongating terminal spikes. The small, round fruiting pods stand erect.

Native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Best known as the richest source of bladderpod oil. This oil is useful as a replacement for castor oil in some applications.

Bloom Color(s): yellow

Bloom Width: 1 in.

Plant Height: to 16 in.

Duration: Perennial

Bloom Period: April to September

Plant Family: Brassicaceae

Growth Habit: Forb/herb