Ribes viburnifolium A. Gray
Evergreen Currant, Catalina Currant, Santa Catalina Currant, Island Gooseberry
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
USDA Symbol: RIVI
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: A nectar source for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes viburnifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes viburnifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes viburnifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff