Carpenteria californica (Bush Anemone) - A California native, evergreen shrub that typically grows 6 to 8 feet tall by 3 to 5 feet wide, but when happy can grow a few feet taller and wider with vertically inclined gray stems that peal back annually to reveal new yellowish-tan bark. Leaves are dark glossy green above with dense white hairs on the surface below and have slightly revolute margins. In late spring to early summer at the branch tips appear the clusters of fragrant 3 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 15-20 degrees F.
From CALIFORNIA NATIVES