Carpenteria californica

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Carpenteria californica
Carpenteria californica
Carpenteria californica

Species Name: Carpenteria californica
Common Name: Bush Anemone

One of the most popular native shrubs thanks to delicate, lightly scented white flowers and shiny evergreen foliage. Excellent shrub for light shade. Known from only seven occurrences; threatened by development.

Plant Family: Philadelphaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3 - 8' H x 6' - 8' W
Growth Habit: Upright sometimes sprawling
Deciduous/Evergreen: evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: May-July
Flower Color: White with yellow center
Endangered?: List 1B/Red 3-2-3
Distribution: Endemic to Fresno County, California State Threatened"
Natural Habitat: Dry granite ridges and slopes between 1200' and 4000' in Foothill Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rare and beautiful shrub of erect habit, with many stems and the base growing to a height of 3 to 7 feet. Leaves rather narrow, smooth, dark green. Flowers in clusters usually 5 to 7, but occasionally 12 or more; large pure white, with yellow stamens and with a fragrance like the mock orange. Will stand a fair amount of water but requires good drainage and does best with a little shade. Gallon cans, 75c; 5 gallon cans, $2.00."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.