Carpenteria californica

One of the best kept secrets in the world of native plants! This gorgeous CA native, evergreen shrub blooms late Spring till mid-Summer, producing clusters of lightly fragrant, pure white, 2” flowers with prominent yellow stamens. Named for Elizabeth McClintock, longtime curator in the Botany dept. at the California Academy of Sciences, it is known for having superior disease resistance, extra-large flower clusters (up to 20 per cluster), and a nice, compact size (5-7’ high by 3-4’ wide). Multi-branched with showy, peeling bark and glossy green 4-5” long narrow lanceolate leaves with dense white hairs on the undersides. A great plant for bees and hummers. Plant in moist, lightly acidic soil. Happier in the ground than in a container. Low upkeep and not generally bothered by insects or disease if given good drainage.

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CA Native Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 9-11