The botanical name of the ribbed fringepod plant is Thysanocarpus radians and the plant is also called lace pod. The ribbed fringepod plant is attractive when the flowers turn to seeds or, more accurately, to seedpods. Continue reading to learn more about the ribbed fringepod plant.


Fringepod Seeds Info

The ribbed fringepod plant is native to central areas of Northern California and Oregon. The truth is that not everybody is aware of this attractive specimen. This particular specimen appears to be somewhat rare when searching for seeds. The fringepod seedpods rise above a mound of tall racemes on delicate stems. Flowering, and then turning to seed from March to May in California grasslands and meadows, the wildflower really grows best in part sun areas. Small nondescript flowers are normally white, but sometimes purple or yellow.  

Furthermore, the round seedpod that follows is actually surrounded by rays that look like spokes, making it appear as a wheel inside a pink translucent covering. Some even say that the seedpods resemble lacy doilies. A number of seedpods may grow on the same plant.


How to Grow Fringepod

Actually the ribbed fringepod plants are drought tolerant, although the seedpods form more readily in wetter seasons. As an Oregon native, imagine the water to which it is accustomed. Use the plant in moist meadows or around ponds and streams to mimic these conditions. The ribbed fringepod plants are also an attractive addition to a xeric garden or a natural area near the woods. You can combine fringepod seeds among ornamental grasses that provide autumn color and texture for long lasting interest in your natural garden. You can also use it with other part sun loving natives or plant them alone in a small patch for the possibility of reseeding next year.

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