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Ribes laxiflorum Pursh
Trailing black currant
Synonym(s): Ribes coloradense
USDA Symbol: RILA3
Usually this is a low, spreading shrub less than 3 ft. high but in dense shade it can be more upright to 7 ft. tall. Branches are a deep reddish-brown. Leaves are five lobed, each lobe somewhat oval to triangular in shape and shallowly toothed. Flower clusters are erect and bear several small flowers. Flower color ranges from greenish-white tinged pink to deep purplish-red. The ensuing berry is purplish-black and bristly.
Berries are favorites among birds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Black, Purple Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution: AK,
s. along the coast to CA
& through B.C. & n. WA
to s.w. Alt. & n. ID; also reported in Juab Co., UT Native Habitat:
Wet, coastal woods; mt. slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Wet to mesic soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Propagate by seed or cuttings. 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:
Natural germination normally occurs in the spring following dispersal. Most members of the genus
require at least one, fairly lengthy stratification period to break dormancy. Commercially Avail:
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff