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Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia flowering currant)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Ribes speciosum

Ribes speciosum Pursh

Fuchsia Flowering Currant, Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Synonym(s): Grossularia speciosa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 4-10 ft., nearly evergreen shrub with long, spiny branches; small, glossy, dark-green leaves; and pendent, red, fuschia-like flowers followed by prickly berries.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.
Fruit: Orangish red.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Nov , Dec


Native Distribution: Coastal areas of c. & s. CA
Native Habitat: Brushy, shaded canyons below 1500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light 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 Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Description: 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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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