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Chaparral Currant
Ribes malvaceum var. malvaceum

About Chaparral Currant (Ribes malvaceum var. malvaceum) This is one of two recognized varieties of Chaparral Currant (Ribes malvaceum). The other is var. viridifolium. Both are known by the same common name. Their ranges are somewhat different but overlapping. Var. Malvaceum is found primarily in the central Coast Ranges from Tehama County to Orange County. Var. viridifolium is found along the coast from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County and northern Baja. For further details see the entry for Ribes malvaceum.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 5 ft (0.9 - 1.5 m)

Max. Width
3 - 5 ft (0.9 - 1.5 m)


Fragrant - Pleasant

Growth Rate

Summer Deciduous, Winter Deciduous


Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Oak woodlands, closed cone pine forests, chaparral

Part Shade

Elevation ?
36' - 4313'

Annual Precip. ?
8.6" - 37.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 0.78"

Coldest Month ?
41.7° F - 57.2° F

Hottest Month ?
62.7° F - 78.5° F

Humidity ?
0.86 vpd - 27.96 vpd

Soil Description
Medium and coarse, dry

Soil PH
5.8 - 8.2

Fast, Medium

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 34 - 96° F

Sunset Zones ?
6, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Wildlife Attracted
Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Rarely Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Prune during dry season or after fruiting. Avoid cutting into old wood.

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

Nursery Availability
Rarely 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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