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Ribes aureum var. gracillimum

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Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum fruit
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum fruit

Species Name: Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Common Name: Golden Currant

Showy in bloom. Native to the L.A. Basin. Superior for bird habitat. Tolerates clay soil and drought. Forage source for Cooper and Anglewing butterflies. Berries are edible.

Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 2-3' W
Growth Habit: Upright, arching branches
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Inner North Coast Ranges, San Francisco Bay, South Coast Ranges, Southwest
Natural Habitat: Alluvial areas, forest edges below 9000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Graceful arching branches covered with a perfect shower of deep yellow flowers from mid-winter to early spring, followed by quantities of fruit which makes excellent jelly. Sends up new shoots from the roots soon making quite a large clump. Prefers an open sunny location. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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