Ribes speciosum

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Ribes speciosum
Ribes speciosum
Ribes speciosum

Species Name: Ribes speciosum
Common Name: Fuschia-flowering gooseberry

Drought tolerant and heat deciduous, this shrub will lose its leaves briefly in late summer and leaf out again in early fall. Crimson flowers are loved by hummingbirds. Numerous sharp thorns make this a good barrier plant. Can spread by underground roots.

Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Upright, can spread
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Red
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central and South Coast, Outer South Coast Range, Western Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral, canyon bottoms, oak woodland, pine forests

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A very beautiful shrub with arching branches covered in winter with immense quantities of cardinal-red fuchsia-like flowers and dark glossy green foliage. One of the best of the native flowering shrubs. Generally found in shaded canyons and on the north slopes of the foothills. Gallon cans, 60c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.