Carpenteria californica

California Bush Anemone

This is one of our most popular native plants. It has an erect oval to dome-shaped growth habit and reaches about 6 feet high. Bush Anemone is a dense shrub. A stunning display of clustered white fragrant blossoms reminiscent of Anemone bloom from late spring through summer. Plant it in fairly well-draining soil in full sun on the coast or in light shade inland, and give it moderate amounts of water. Remove the old wood annually to keep it tidy in a garden setting. It is hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wildlife value: The large flowers attract insects and insectivorous birds. Birds also eat the seeds.