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Carpenteria californica (Bush anemone)
McMahan, Linda

Carpenteria californica

Carpenteria californica Torr.

Bush Anemone, Tree Anemone, Tree-anemone

Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)


USDA Symbol: caca17

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An evergreen shrub, 4-8 ft. by 5 ft., with narrow, dark-green, glossy leaves. The showy, single, 2-3 in. wide, anemone-like flowers are fragrant and glistening white.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Height 6-15 feet, spread 4-6 feet.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flower white with yellow stamens.


Native Distribution: Fresno Co., CA
Native Habitat: Dry, wooded, granite ridges & slopes; 1500-4000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, granitic soils.
Conditions Comments: Do not overwater or overfeed this plant as it will grow rank with too much care. Deer generally ignore bush anemone.


Use Ornamental: Introduced to cultivation around 1875.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Description: Seed germination without treatment is excellent. Sow thinly. Seedling damp off easily. This species may also be increased using suckers or cuttings from young stems.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Carpenteria californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carpenteria californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carpenteria californica


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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