Harvesting Your Native Garden

~ Bladderpod ~ Part of my appreciation of our native desert plants comes from the indispensable gifts that these plants have provided for millennia to humans, wildlife, birds, insects, soils, and the whole ecosystem. Indigenous peoples have long valued and used native desert plants for food, medicine, healing, shelter, clothing, utensils, and ceremony. I would like to share some of these uses that we can incorporate into our lives today, but this comes with a responsibility to reciprocate thoughtful care and stewardship for […]

Plant of the Month: Jan. 2013

Bladderpod Peritoma arborea (Formerly Isomeris arborea)   Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 4’-6’ tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Year-round; heaviest bloom Feb – June Native to: California Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 25° F   Bladderpod is a hardy, drought-tolerant, evergreen shrub with lacy gray-green leaves. This relative of capers produces showy, yellow snapdragon-like flowers year-round with only occasional water. Bladderpod derives its name from its seed pods that are shaped like small […]