Carpenteria californica, also known as the bush anemone or tree anemone, is a flowering plant species native to California, USA. It belongs to the family Hydrangeaceae and is the only species in the genus Carpenteria.
Carpenteria californica is a deciduous shrub that typically grows up to 3 meters in height. It has dark green, glossy leaves that are oval-shaped and about 5 to 10 centimeters long. The plant produces large, showy white flowers that are about 7 to 10 centimeters across, with 5 to 9 petals and numerous stamens. The flowers have a pleasant fragrance and bloom from late spring to early summer.
This plant is relatively rare in the wild and is considered to be endangered due to habitat loss and over-collecting. However, it is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks, especially in areas with mild climates.
Carpenteria californica prefers well-drained soils and full sunlight, but it can also tolerate partial shade. It is relatively drought-tolerant but benefits from occasional watering during dry periods. Pruning can be done after flowering to maintain a desired shape.
The plant has a variety of traditional medicinal uses among Native American tribes, including treating respiratory ailments, fever, and pain. However, it should be noted that these uses have not been scientifically validated and the plant should not be consumed without proper medical supervisi