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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Ribes aureum var. villosum
Ribes aureum Pursh var. villosum DC.
Golden currant, Buffalo currant
Synonym(s): Ribes odoratum
USDA Symbol: RIAUV
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
This is a 6-12 ft., multiple-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright, arching branching. Each plant is usually surrounded by a mass of young suckering growth. Small, trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers, each with a red center, hang in nodding clusters. Black berries follow. Palmately-lobed, bluish-green foliage turns yellow in fall.
This species is sometimes called R. odoratum. The berries are favorites among birds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Native Distribution:
Great Plains from ND
to TX; introduced eastward Native Habitat:
Sandy or chalky bluffs; prairies; woodland edges; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil pH:
Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) Soil Description:
Sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
This is an alternate
host of White Pine blister rust. R. odoratum has been included in R. aureum, a more westerly species.
PropagationDescription: Take softwood cuttings in June or July. These root well when treated with hormone and placed under mist. Seeds may be fall sown or stratified.
Seed Collection: Seeds need to be picked or stripped as soon as they are ripe to lessen losses to birds. Maceration and flotation can be used to extract the seeds.
Seed Treatment: Stratify for three months.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff