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Prickly Currant
Ribes lacustre
  
About Prickly Currant (Ribes lacustre) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant The shrub Ribes lacustre is known by the common names prickly currant, swamp gooseberry, and black gooseberry. It is widely distributed, from California to Alaska and across North America to Pennsylvania and Newfoundland. The shrub grows erect to spreading, 0.5-2 meter. Clusters of reddish to maroon flowers bloom in spring. The fruit consists of dark purple berries 6-8 millimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 7 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Cream, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 62 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Nurseries
Nurseries

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

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Creek and meadow edges

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 20.7" - 131.3", Summer Precipitation: 1.02" - 4.41", Coldest Month: 20.1" - 42.5", Hottest Month: 45.1" - 70.6", Humidity: 0.76" - 20.77", Elevation: 1082" - 10692"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Black Gooseberry, Swamp Currant, Swamp Gooseberry


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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