Peritoma arborea

Bladderpod is an interesting desert or southern California shrub covered with showy yellow flowers. In the desert, such as Joshua Tree, it is an insect magnet, covered with pollinators of all kinds. In the garden, it is a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance addition to the shrub border.

The odor of the plant has been described as "foul," which is not entirely unfair. Yet it is the main ingredient of a well-loved Mexican dish, and though the odor may be intended to ward off insects, apparently it doesn't bother them that much. If you want to study local insects, plant a bladderpod.

Easy to grow from seeds.