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Chaparral Currant Back to Plant Page
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium

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About Chaparral Currant (Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium) Chaparral Currant (Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium) is a summer-deciduous shrub that native to southern and central California, growing primarily in the transverse range mountains and upper peninsular range mountains.

It grows quickly to about 6 feet in height, with beautiful red to light pink flowers in the winter that attract hummingbirds. It can handle some summer water (1-2x per month), and a wide variety of soil types. It prefers part shade or full shade.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6 ft (1.8 m)

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Pink, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Woodlands, shady areas

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
7' - 5719'

Annual Precip. ?
9.3" - 41.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.18"

Coldest Month ?
39.6° F - 56.5° F

Hottest Month ?
65.8° F - 83.3° F

Humidity ?
0.91 vpd - 34.12 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of soils as long as long as adequate drainage is provided

Fast, Medium, Slow

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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