Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Lesquerella purpurea, Purple Bladderpod

Lesquerella purpurea, Purple Bladderpod, Southwest Desert Flora Lesquerella purpurea, Purple Bladderpod, Southwest Desert Flora Lesquerella purpurea, Purple Bladderpod, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Lesquerella purpurea
Common Name: Purple Bladderpod
Also Called: Rose Bladderpod, Western White Bladderpod
Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard Family
Synonyms: (Lesquerella purpurea ssp. foliosa)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: about 1 to 1 ½ feet.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; basal leaves with few stems, stems up to 12 or more inches tall.
Leaves: Green; basal, hairy, broad oval and petiolate, 1 to 5 inches long, simple, shapes variable margins variable, entire dentate or lobe.
Flower Color: White, purple or rose; corolla of 4 petals, purple streaks, petals pink below, multiple flowers loosely clustered on tip of inflorescence; fruit is a glandular hair, globose pinkish-purple capsule.
Flowering Season: January to May.
Elevation: 1,500 to 5,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Partial shade of bushes under 5,000 feet.

Recorded Range: Rare in the United States where it is found only in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and it is also native to northern Mexico. In Arizona it can be found in the central and southern parts of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Lesquerella purpurea.

U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: About 75 species in Lesquerella in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 12 species in Arizona.

Comments: Can be distinguished from all other species of Lesquerella in Arizona by its white, purplish or rose flower color.

The genus is named in honor of Leo Lesquereux, 1805-1889, Swiss and American Botanist.

Date Profile Completed: 10/31/2014, 07/21/2015, updated format 10/11/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 10/31/2014]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,