Ribes cereum Douglas
Wax currant, Western red currant, White squaw currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
USDA Symbol: RICE
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Extreme s.w. ND to B.C., s. to NM & CA
Native Habitat: Pine forests; wood openings; dry slopes & ridges
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes cereum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes cereum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes cereum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-08-10
Research By: TWC Staff