Ribes speciosum Pursh
Fuchsia flowering currant, Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
Synonym(s): Grossularia speciosa
USDA Symbol: risp
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
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: Summer deciduous if under drought stress. Mulch to hold water. Very showy in flower but a drawback is its thorns.
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.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes speciosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes speciosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes speciosum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff