This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
T. S. P., Kingsbury, Cal., writes: "Quoted from the Garden in the January number of the Horticulturist, it is said that the Carpenteria Californica is an extremely rare plant even in its native habitat. I have been unable to find it even where Mr. Saul mentions as its home. We have what Prof. Rattan, in Popular California Flora, describes as Mock Orange (Philadelphus Gordoni-anus), but which the Garden says is not the same. I have watched for it but am unable to find it."
[In the "Botany of California," just issued, there is an additional note that the Carpenteria had been found by Dr. G. Eisen at King's Run, Fresno County, Cal. It was first found on the Fremont expedition, and the poor specimen then collected remained for a long time all the knowledge botanists had of it. - Ed. G. M.]
Mr. John Saul has sent to the Garden specimens of this plant, which says of it: "It is an extremely rare plant, even in its native habitat; so rare, indeed, that Dr. Asa Gray had not seen flowers of it when he prepared the 'Botany of California,' nor do flowers of it exist in the Kew Herbarium. As may be seen by the annexed engraving, drawn natural size, it is a handsome shrub, the flowers being pure white with yellow-tipped stamens. The leaves are broadly lance shaped of thick texture with recurved margins; they are pale green on the upper surfaces, very glaucous or almost white underneath. Mr. Saul remarks that it grows from six to fifteen feet in height and is very bushy. It grows in dry canons near springs in the Sierra Nevada, probably on the head waters of the San Joaquin. Botanists consider its affinity to be with the Mock Orange (Phila-delphus), but, with the exception of a slight similarity in the form and color of the flowers, it is very different from any cultivated Mock Orange from a garden standpoint."