Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth' (Elizabeth Bush Anemone)

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Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth' (Elizabeth Bush Anemone)   

An attractive much branched evergreen shrub that grows to 4 to 6 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide with vertically inclined gray stems that peal back annually to reveal new yellowish-tan bark. The 4 to 5 inch long narrow lanceolate leaves are dark glossy green above with dense white hairs on the surface below and have slightly revolute leaf margins. In late spring to early summer at the branch tips appear the many flowered clusters of fragrant 2 inch wide white flowers with bright yellow stamens; occasionally some flowers might be seen extending nearly into fall. Plant in sun or light shade (requires shade in inland gardens) in a well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established but looks its best in an acidic organic amended soil with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to about 20 degrees F. Bush Anemone is reported to be oak root fungus resistant, but susceptible to aphids, particularly if plants are drought stressed, and this can disfigure the new growth of the plant. The bitter foliage is not attractive to deer so only gets browsed when they are desperate. The selection 'Elizabeth' is a cultivar that was selected because of its masses of smaller white flowers and more compact growth habit.