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Carpenteria californica Elizabeth * California Anemone

Carpenteria californica is a California native shrub that breaks with the expectations of what you might think a bush should look like if it grew here. The large glossy green leaves and the 2 inch white flowers make quite a show. While this foliage and flower combo might visually fit into a more tropical setting they are susceptible to overwatering and could never hang with other plants with their tropical looks. Carpenteria californica is also susceptible to foliar fungal diseases. I put them on a drip system to keep from wetting the foliage in the summer. I do not depend upon them for making a screen due to their tendency to suddenly abandon branches or die off completely. In spite of all of this I plant Carpenteria californica regularly because of the spectacular blooms. The plants get to 6' in diameter and are hardy to 10° F.

Carpenteria californica, California Anemone

White Flowers of Carpenteria californica California Anemone. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Carpenteria californica, California Anemone

Flowers and foliage of Carpenteria californica California Anemone.