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Shrub- Bush anemone

Bush anemone photo by Larry McCombs
Common Name: Bush Anemone

Botanical Name: Carpenteria californica

Family: Philadelphaceae

Description: Evergreen shrub native to central California

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Little to moderate water

Soil requirements: Any well draining soil

Habit and form: Slow growing shrub with many stems, to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide; dark green leaves which are whitish underneath. Older bark is light colored and peels; new shoots are purplish

Bush anemone photo by James Gaither
Flower type: Appear at ends of branches; flat, anemone-like, with 5 petals

Flower color & bloom season: Scented, white flowers, 1½ to 3 inches wide with a yellow center. Blooms in late spring and summer

Pruning time & method: Prune to shape and reduce size after flowering

Maintenance tips: Inspect occasionally for aphids and mites


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