Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas
One of our fire-adapted plants here in California, tolerating burning as long as it is isn’t intense enough to burn the roots of the plant. A flowering shade plant is always appreciated and the white flowers make it stand out in the shade, too.
Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica)
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It is a rare species, endemic to only seven sites in Fresno and Madera Counties, where it grows in chaparral and oak woodlands between 340–1,340 m (1,115–4,396 ft) altitude in the Sierra Nevada, between the San Joaquin River and Kings River. It is well adapted to wildfire, reproducing by stump sprouts after burning. Natural seedlings are rare.
Carpenteria californica is cultivated as an ornamental plant, grown for its lush appearing foliage, seasonal flowers and drought tolerance. It is used in traditional, native plant, and wildlife gardens in California and other Mediterranean climates, and in colder locations.  
It has been in cultivation since 1875, and is now much more common in gardens than in its natural habitat. It first flowered in England for Gertrude Jekyll at Godalming in 1885. The species has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
- Carpenteria californica ‘Bodnant’ — cold-tolerant cultivar, hardy to −15 °C (5 °F) in the British Isles.
- Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’ — masses of smaller white flowers, more compact growth habit. 
- Carpenteria californica ‘Ladham’s’ — large flowers.
More information on Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica):
- Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica) on Wikipedia
- Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica) on California Natives Wiki
- Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica) at Las Piliate Nursery
- California Pipevine/California Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia californica)
- Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)
- Begonia Rex (Painted-leaf begonia)
- Leonotis leonurus
- Matilija Poppy (Romneya)
- Melocactus matanzanus (Turk’s Cap Cactus)
- Coleus “Redhead”
- Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’
- Bacopa monnieri (Water hyssop)
- Lycoris squamigera (Naked Lady Lily)
- Kong Coleus (Plectranthus/Solenostemon scutellarioides “Kong Series”)
- Crassula plegmatoides
- Agave victoriae-reginae
- Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea montana)
- Euphorbia ‘Black Bird’
- Firecracker vine (Ipomoea lobata)
- Eryngium yuccifolium
- Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’
- Echeveria Agavoides
- Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
- Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)
- Seaside Daisy, Beach Aster (Erigeron glaucus)
- Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
- California Lilac (Ceanothus)
- Bigberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
- Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)
- Malva Rosa (Lavatera assurgentiflora)
- Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila)
- Coral Bells or Alum Root (Heuchera)
- Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)
- Echeveria ‘Lola’
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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas