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Canyon Gooseberry
Ribes menziesii
  
About Canyon Gooseberry (Ribes menziesii) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant The canyon gooseberry (Ribes menziesii) is a distinctive plant found only in California and Oregon. There are five to six varieties of the species found across the low elevation mountains of California, especially the Coast Ranges, and the coastal canyons and foothills, into southern Oregon. It can be found in the chaparral plant community. It is in the genus which includes gooseberries and currants. The canyon gooseberry is an aromatic deciduous shrub with very prickly branches growing up to two meters in height. It has somewhat rounded, hairy, hairy green leaves. Its showy hanging flowers have sepals which are reflexed, or folded backwards along the length of the flower. The sepals are fuchsia or purple. The petals are white and extend forward to form a loose tube from which the stamens emerge. The plant fruits purple gooseberries which are edible but are mainly seeds with little fruit. The plant's spines also make collecting fruit unpleasant. The plant is sometimes used as an ornamental in areas of proper climate, such as coastal California, for its attractive spring blooms. The rest of the year, however, the plant is brown and less attractive so it is not in very great demand for garden displays.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6.6 - 10 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Pink, White, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 81 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Description
Soil Description
Soil PH: 4.8 - 7.8

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

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.8" - 151.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 5.78", Coldest Month: 32.8" - 53.4", Hottest Month: 53.8" - 76.6", Humidity: 0.01" - 24.61", Elevation: -554" - 7525"


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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