Bush Anemone, Carpenteria californica is an
evergreen shrub, 6' by 3' in the garden, 8 ft. X 12 ft. with a 6-12
inch trunk in the wild. Carpenteria
is native to the foothills of Fresno County, where it grows along the
edges of seasonal creeks. Associated plants are Vitis californica, Calycanthus
occidentalis, Sambucus caerulea, Quercus wislizenii, Rubus ursinus, and
Umbellularia californica. Native in decomposed granite but
tolerates adobe and loam well. Tolerates sun to shade. Do not over
feed, will grow rank with too much care. It is refined with moderate
neglect but needs some water if your rainfall is less than 20 inches
per year. The plant is garden and drip tolerant with good drainage I
suppose you could overwater in heavy soils, for the rest of you it will
tolerate wet conditions and loves to be three to four feet from a lawn.
Carpenteria has proven cold
tolerant to 10 degrees F.; no problem. The bark burned off of it at 2
At CALM in Bakersfield has this plant in full sun with minimum
water and care and it looks great. Deer generally don't bother with
this plant until things get real bad.(Your roses will have left your
yard the year before.)
Bush Anemone has been in cultivation since 1875. The
English use it commonly. "This is an almost hardy evergreen shrub, grown
chiefly for its attractive flowers. The single anemone-shaped, scented
flowers are glistening white; they are 2-3 in. across and are borne in
June and July."(Hay).
Stunningly beautiful in flower and decent looking
when not. The prefect hedge for the narrow flower bed with a lawn on
one side and a fence or neighbor on the other. We like this plant and
do not know why it's not grown more.
Carpenteria californica tolerates seasonal flooding.
Foliage of Carpenteria californica has color green and is evergreen.
Flower of Carpenteria californica has color white and has a fragrance.
Communities for Carpenteria californica:Chaparral, Riparian (rivers & creeks), Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.