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Ribes laxiflorum (Trailing black currant)
Weyand, Phyllis

Ribes laxiflorum

Ribes laxiflorum Pursh

Trailing Black Currant

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Synonym(s): Ribes coloradense

USDA Symbol: RILA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit: Black, Purple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , NM , OR , UT , 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Wet to mesic soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: 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: yes

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.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ribes laxiflorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes laxiflorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes laxiflorum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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