Ribes laxiflorum Pursh
Trailing Black Currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
Synonym(s): Ribes coloradense
USDA Symbol: RILA3
Usually this is a low, spreading shrub less than 3 ft. high but in dense shade it may be a climber up to about 20 ft. long. 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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems spreading, decumbent to vining, up to about 20 feet long, often shorter.
Fruit: Black, Purple.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , CO , ID , NM , OR , UT , WA
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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Wet to mesic soils.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes laxiflorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes laxiflorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes laxiflorum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-24
Research By: TWC Staff