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Sierra Currant
Ribes nevadense
  
About Sierra Currant (Ribes nevadense) 13 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sierra Currant (Ribes nevadense) is a native shrub in the Grossulariaceae (Currant/Gooseberry) family that grows primarily in the mountainous interior regions of the state. It is moderately fast growing and long-lived. It grows in a semi-upright form to a height of 6 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are red and striking, and bloom in the late spring. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in open places, at elevations from 3,000-10,000 feet but is said to perform well at lower elevations. It is moderately drought tolerant but can also tolerate more water.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6 ft tall
3 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and other insects. Plants in the genus Ribes are host plants for the Tailed Copper, Hoary Comma, and Oreas Comma butterflies

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 83 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

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

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use in the understory of various trees including Fir (Abies sp.), Maple (Acer sp.), Alder (Alnus sp.), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), Ash (Fraxinus sp.), Oak (Quercus sp.), Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Pine (Pinus sp.), and Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica). Use with other shrubs such as Mahonia (Berberis sp.), Spicebush (Calyacanthus occidentalis), Ceanothus sp., Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya sp.), Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii), and Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp.)

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: 4 mos. stratification at 32°F ( USDA Forest Service 1974).

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Openings in evergreen forests, occasionally in wetland-riparian areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.5" - 130.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 4.39", Coldest Month: 9.5" - 54.7", Hottest Month: 33.1" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.63" - 34.26", Elevation: 148" - 13815"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Mountain Pink Currant


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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