Ribes aureum gracillimum has masses of yellow flowers in early spring.
Ribes aureum gracillimum, Golden Currant, berries are enjoyed by birds and people.
Ribes aureum gracillimum with an Anna Hummingbird. Because the flowers are small, but there are a ton of them, the Hummingbirds will work one plant for up to an hour.
Ribes aureum gracillimum, Golden Currants
Ribes aureum gracillimum can make a great ground cover under oaks or other native trees.
Ribes sanguineum glutinosum, Pink-Flowered Currant, a wetter spot, mixed with Golden Currant, Ribes aureum gracillimum ,a drier spot.
Ribes aureum gracillimum, Golden currant, berries and flowers for birds
Ribes aureum gracillimum is very similar to Ribes aureum aureum but has yellow flowers that turn red. They are both forms of Golden currant. Ribes aureum aureum grows in places like Bodie, it needs a winter chill( yeah, like -20 F, barely makes it here at 12F), hates heat, and forms more of a shrub instead of groundcover. Ribes aureum gracillimum gets beat up when the temperatures drops below 0F, but tolerates a wider range of conditions. So the a one for the higher mountains and deep interior, the g one for the rest of us, if you want to every see any flowers or currants. Golden currant is native from Riverside county to the south bay area. In the canyons of Malibu they cover the canyon bottoms, but they also manage to make a stand in the Santa Margarita area where Golden currant grows in decomposed granite in full sun just above our seasonal 'creeks' and is deciduous from late Dec. to early Feb.. Golden currant is almost evergreen along the coast and is a good ground cover under oaks. It will flower within a mile of the ocean, but I've never seen currants on coastal bluffs. You'll need a protected east wall, fence or gully to keep the foliage out of the wind. California thrashers, with their curved beaks, Robins, Phainopeplas, and Solitaires, love the berries. Bumblebees, love the flowers. Also, monarchs love the flowers in early spring. The fruit varies from to 3/8 inch, yellow to pale red, about 1/3 seed and tastes like a store bought Thompson seedless with a dash of vanilla, some cream of tartar, and maybe a little apple juice. Click here for more about California Currants and Gooseberries