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Carpenteria californica

  • Common Name
    Bush Anemone
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    6' x 4'
  • Flower Color
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Glossy Dark-Green
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Fragrance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Carpenteria is a dense, bushy evergreen shrub with beautiful, fragrant, white flowers wtih yellow centers. It blooms once a year and then recedes into the background. It is native to the foothills of Fresno County, where it grows along seasonal streams. Companion plants include Vitis californica, Sambucus caerulea, Quercus wizlizenii and Rubus ursinus. This plant looks good in the back of a perennial garden, as a hedge or in a native garden.

    Plant slightly above soil grade. It is native to decomposed granite soils but will tolerate clay and loam as long as it has good drainage. Do not fertilze as it will cause rank growth. Tolerates both sun and light shade but looks best in light shade. In hot sun leaves may brown. This plant is garden and drip tolerant but will need some summer water if rainfall is less than 20 inches per year. Prune after blooming to improve shape.

    Attracts native insects and bees when in bloom.

    This plant is oak root fungus resistant but is susceptible to aphids. Check for Aphids when new growth appears and spray with water to remove.


  • Master Gardener Comments
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  • Varietals

    C. californica 'Elisabeth' - more compact form with smaller, more abundant flowers