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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Ribes viburnifolium A. Gray
Evergreen currant, Catalina currant, Santa Catalina currant, Island gooseberry
USDA Symbol: rivi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A low, spreading evergreen, 2-3 ft. tall and up to 8 ft. wide. The shiny, dark-green leaves are fragrant when bruised. The drooping racemes of flowers are pink to purplish and followed by showy red berries.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Santa Catalina Island and Baja Native Habitat:
Shrubby canyon areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry to mesic, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A good ground cover for dry shade. Non-invasive. Does not tolerate extreme heat and drought unless mulched heavily.
source for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Conspicuous Flowers:
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