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Ribes menziesii

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Ribes menziesii
Ribes menziesii

Species Name: Ribes menziesii
Common Name: Canyon Gooseberry

Like all the gooseberries, this shrub has high wildlife value. Attractive bright green foliage and maroon flowers are showy in spring. Berries are edible. Spines make this a good barrier plant.

Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 7' W
Growth Habit: Arching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Maroon
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, Outer North Coast Range, southern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, Outer South Cosast Range, sw Oregon
Natural Habitat: Open forest, chaparral below 1,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Loosely branching shrub usually 5 to 8 feet high. Flowers purplish brown and white. Succeeds best in partial shade. Deciduous in late summer. Gallon cans, 60c."
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