Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or choose a plant family:
Ribes malvaceum (Chaparral currant)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Ribes malvaceum

Ribes malvaceum Sm.

Chaparral Currant

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

1 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: Typically 5-8 feet tall.
Size Class: 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Description: Well drained soil.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By:

Go back