Bush anemone - Californian carpentry


The Bush Anemone or Carpenteria californica is an evergreen shrub native to California, as its botanical name suggests.
It has a structure with erect stems, not very branched, of a reddish-brown color; the leaves are alternate, without petiole, oval, 10-15 cm long, bright dark green, shiny and leathery.
In June and July it produces numerous small bunches of large snow-white flowers, with long yellow-gold stamens, delicately scented, very similar to anemones.
This plant has very ancient origins, it is a protected species in the area of ​​origin; despite its beauty and the few cultivation requirements, it is not widely used in European gardens.


The bush anemone should be placed in a very bright but partially shaded place, especially in the hottest hours of the day to prevent this plant from being damaged by too high temperatures; in general they can easily withstand short periods with temperatures well below zero, but it is advisable to place the californian carpentry in a sheltered place, and eventually cover the young specimens with tnt during the winter; it could also be useful to cover the soil around the plant with leaves or mulch that protect the base from too cold temperatures.


The bush anemone can withstand even long periods of drought without suffering too much from the lack of water, but it certainly develops better if it is watered regularly, but leaving the soil well dry between one watering and another to prevent the formation of dangerous stagnation that could compromise the health of Californian carpentry. The specimens that have been planted for many years can be satisfied with the rains, but they need some watering in periods with scarce rainfall to avoid that they can develop in a non-optimal way.
At the beginning of spring place a slow release granular fertilizer at the base of the plant. Also in autumn it is useful to mix the soil with organic fertilizer or humus that 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 still be adapted to any soil, even to the common garden soil, provided there is not the presence of excessive water stagnation; in this case the plant would suffer and radical rot could occur which would compromise its health.


The multiplication of this variety of plants occurs by seed and the operation must be carried out in spring; It is also possible to propagate this plant with the cutting technique, or by proceeding with the sucking or basal shoots, which are generally produced in abundance.

Bush anemone - Californian carpentry: Pests and diseases

This variety of plants generally does not fear the attack of pests or diseases but can be hit 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 land. The leaves of sick shrubs must then be collected and destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.