Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium 'Ortega Beauty'

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Species Name: Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium 'Ortega Beauty'
Common Name: Ortega Beauty Chaparral Currant

A lovely red-flowering currant that will attract hummingbirds in winter. Flowers are followed by fruit, which is edible but not pleasing (for tasty currants choose Ribes aureum). This shrub drops its leaves in late summer.

Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: Red
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.