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Byerley, M. Brooke
Ribes cereum Dougl.
Wax currant, Western red currant, White squaw currant
Synonyms: Ribes cereum var. cereum, Ribes viscidulum
USDA Symbol: RICE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
White squaw currant is a compact, mounded, unarmed shrub, 3-5 ft. tall and equally as wide, with cherry-like bark and tidy, light-green foliage turning yellow in fall. Clusters of light-pink, bell-shaped flowers give way to bright-red, fuzzy, feather duster-like currants.
This plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, and its bright red berries can be used in pies and preserves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Extreme s.w. ND to B.C., s. to NM & CA Native Habitat:
Pine forests; wood openings; dry slopes & ridges USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not recommended; carries disease which kills white pine.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds. Provides cover for a variety of wildlife.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: May be propagated by seed.
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.
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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-08-10
Research By: TWC Staff