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PlantFiles: Bush Anemone, Tree Anemone, California Anemone
Carpenteria californica

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carpenteria (kar-pen-TER-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral jenquig On Jul 31, 2010, jenquig from Portland, OR wrote:

No where can I find how to care for the California Anemone bush (Carpenteria). What do you do after it blooms? Does it need to be cut back? Thanks

Positive Chuck1260 On Mar 26, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

Small medium green leaves and the most gorgeous white flowers with yellow centers. It takes a while to get established. It is undemanding it is care and is water efficient. Blooms once a year and recedes into the background the rest of the year.

Positive philomel On Jul 1, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This shrub is native to California. In the UK it is best grown against a sunny, sheltered wall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aliso Viejo, California
Arroyo Grande, California
Castro Valley, California
Chico, California
Davis, California
Elk Grove, California
Los Angeles, California
Nevada City, California
North Fork, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Walnut Creek, California
Beaverton, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Greenville, South Carolina

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