Bush anemone – Californian carpentry – Californian carpentry – Garden plants – Bush anemone – Californian carpentry – Shrubs

see also: Anemone – Coronary anemone

The Bush anemone or Carpentry californica is an evergreen shrub native to California, as the botanical name suggests.

It has a structure with erect stems, not much ramified, of reddish-brown colour; the leaves are alternate, without petiole, oval, 10-15 cm long, of a bright dark green colour, glossy and leathery.

In June and July it produces numerous bunches of large snow-white flowers, with long golden-yellow stamens, delicately scented, very similar to anemones.

This plant has very ancient origins, is a protected species in the area of origin, despite its beauty and the few needs of cultivation, is not much used in European gardens.

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Anemone a cespuglio The bush anemone should be grown in a very bright place, but partially shaded, especially during the hottest hours of the day to avoid that this plant gets damaged by too high temperatures; usually it can bear, without any problems, short periods with temperatures well below zero, but it is however advisable to place the the >>Enemonic anemone in a bright place, but in a partially shady place, especially during the hottest hours of the day to avoid that this plant is damaged by too high temperatures; it can bear, without any problems, short periods with temperatures well below zero, but it is also advisable to place the the >>Enemonic anemone in aridia.

carpentry californica in a sheltered place, and possibly cover with tnt the young specimens during the winter, it may also be useful to cover the ground around the plant with leaves or mulch that protect the base from too cold temperatures.

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The bush anemone can bear even long periods of drought without feeling too much of a lack of water, but it certainly develops better if it is watered regularly, but leaving the soil dry between one watering and the other to prevent the formation of dangerous stagnations that could compromise the health of the Carpentry californica .

The specimens which have been planted since many years can be satisfied with the rains, but they need some watering in the periods with scarce rainfall to avoid that they can develop in a not optimal way.

At the beginning of spring, place a little slow release granular fertilizer at the base of the plant. Also in autumn it is useful to mix organic fertilizer or humus with the soil to allow the bush anemone to have all the nutrients even in the winter season until spring.


The Carpenteria californica prefers rich, loose and well drained soils, but, being a rustic and resistant shrub, it can however adapt to any soil, even to the common garden earth, provided that there is not the presence of excessive water stagnation; in this case the plant would suffer from it and radical rottenness might occur which would compromise its health.


The multiplication of this variety of plants is done by seed and the operation should be done in spring, it is also possible to propagate this plant with the technique of cutting, or by proceeding with the removal of the suckers or basal shoots, which are usually produced in abundance.

Bush anemone – Carpentry californica: Parasites and diseases

This variety of plants generally does not fear the attack of pests or diseases but can be affected by scab or bubble. In these cases it is necessary to proceed with a specific treatment with chemical products to be distributed also on the surrounding soil. The leaves of diseased shrubs should then be collected and destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.

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