From California Natives Wiki
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
- 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.