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Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry

Ribes speciosum

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: speciosum (spee-see-OH-sum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chico, California

Malibu, California

Mountain View, California

Paradise, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

San Anselmo, California

San Diego, California

Yorba Linda, California

Eleele, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 22, 2004, jolenea wrote:

I would just like to say that I have seen these plants in the wild in California. They are growing inland from the coast, it is true they are only about an hour or an hour and a half inland but it is very hot there in the summer and it gets snow every winter there also. Most that I have seen are at an elevation above 2000ft. but I have also seen them below. Either way they are cold tolerant down to at least 20 degrees and heat tolerant of at least 105 degrees. That is pretty much the range during the summer and winter.

Positive

On Apr 8, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have never tried to grow this plant but I enjoy seeing it in the wild. Fuchsia-flowering gooseberries are native to coastal southern and central California, and thus are probably not particularly cold-hardy. My guess would be that they are hardy to zone 8. As California native plants, they probably have some degree of legal protection and may need specialized growing conditions. I wouldn't recommend anyone go and dig one up from the wild.

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