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Carpenteria californica (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)
Carpenteria californica (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

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Carpenteria californica

Bush Anemone
Philadelphaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

This attractive, formal-looking California native grows slowly to 4–8 ft. tall and wide; many stems rise from the base. Older bark is light-colored and peeling; new shoots are purplish. Thick, narrow leaves are dark green above and whitish beneath. In late spring and summer, clusters of scented, 1 1/2–3-in., yellow-centered, anemonelike white flowers appear at branch ends. Cutting-grown ‘Elizabeth’ is more compact, with many more, smaller flowers.

Accepts ordinary garden conditions. Inspect for aphid or mite infestation. Resistant to oak root fungus. If pruning is necessary to shape or restrain growth, do so after flowering. Left unpruned, bush anemones grow into rounded mounds.

Plants can take garden water, but are quite drought-tolerant once established.

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