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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Ribes speciosum Pursh
Fuchsia flowering currant, Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry
Synonym(s): Grossularia speciosa
USDA Symbol: risp
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 4 ft., nearly evergreen shrub with long, spiny branches; small, glossy, dark-green leaves; and pendent, red, fuschia-like flowers followed by prickly berries.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Coastal areas of c. & s. CA Native Habitat:
Brushy, shaded canyons below 1500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
if under drought stress. Mulch to hold water. Very showy in flower
but a drawback is its thorns.
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.
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, CA
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff