|The Carpenteria family has only one genus, Carpenteria Californica, one of the rarest California native shrubs. Its narrow, evergreen leaves are whitish underneath. Native to the Sierra foothills of Fresno County, it resists oak root fungus, a soilborne disease found in many parts of the world, particularly California. Drought-tolerant once established, it looks best with an occasional deep watering during dry seasons. Needs well-drained soil. Bloom is best in light shade, so protect from direct afternoon sun in hot climates.
It is grown for its anemone-like white flowers that have yellow stamens and a slight fragrance. The cultivar 'Elisabeth' is popular for its deep green leaves and multitudes of flower clusters.
Attributes - Carpenteria californica
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: White, Yellow
Height: 4 ft. to 8 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Fragrant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids.