Ribes menziesii Pursh
Canyon gooseberry, Chaparral currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
USDA Symbol: RIME
Canyon gooseberry is an aromatic, prickly, loosely branched, 3-6 ft. shrub with velvety leaves; showy, maroon, purple or white flowers; and purple berries.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges & Sierras into s. OR
Native Habitat: Shrubby or wooded canyons or flats
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Summer deciduous under heat or drought stress. Mulching will help. Direct watering in summer will cause death by root rot.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed in possible.
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: yes
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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
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes menziesii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes menziesii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff