The ribbed fringepod plant (Thysanocarpus radians – (formerly T. curvipes), also called lace pod, is especially attractive when flowers turn to seeds or, more accurately, to seedpods. On this annual is a showy fringed-edge seedpod, which is the primary interest and focal element of the plant.
About Fringepod Seeds
This plant is native to central areas of Northern California and Oregon. Official fringepod info says not enough people are aware of this attractive specimen. It appears to be somewhat rare when searching for seeds.
Fringepod seedpods rise above a mound of tall racemes on delicate stems. Flowering, then turning to seed from March to May in California grasslands and meadows, the wildflower grows best in part sun areas. Small nondescript flowers are normally white, but sometimes yellow or purple.
The round seedpod that follows is 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. Several seedpods may grow on the same plant.
The ribbed fringepod plant is drought tolerant, although 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.
It is also an attractive addition to a xeric garden or a natural area near the woods. Mingle fringepod seeds among ornamental grasses that provide autumn color and texture for long lasting interest in your natural garden. Use it with other part sun loving natives or plant them alone in a small patch for the possibility of reseeding next year.
Fringepod plant care in this case includes keeping weeds out of the growing area to eliminate competition for water and nutrients. Additional care for the plant is otherwise minimal. Water during times of no rainfall.