Ribes malvaceum, pink chaparral currant
Ribes malvaceum, Pink Chaparral currant , has fragrant leaves and attracts hummingbirds.
Ribes malvaceum, Pink flowered chaparral currant, with Garrya eleptica, Ceanothus oliganthus, quercus tomentella.
Ribes malvaceum, Pink chaparral currant, will grow under coast live oaks, and attracts hummingbirds.
Ribes malvaceum, Pink chaparral currant, grows in clay soil or decomposed granite. Here it grows above Cuesta grade with Adenostoma fasciculatum, Lupinus albifrons and Heteromoles arbutifolia. Santa Margarita and Garden farms are visible in the distance.
Ribes malvaceum, Pink chaparral currant close
A five foot deciduous shrub with pink flower clusters in Oct.-Mar.. Native to slopes in the coast ranges. It likes sun in coast and cool climates to part shade inland with good drainage. It has fragrant flowers. The currant is red and edible but not too great. Birds will get it first anyway. We use the leaves in peppermint tea (along with R.indecorum). One leaf will add a distinct twist to your tea. This is also native on the property. This species will go summer dormant under drought stress, do not water it then, it will be back in the spring. If you want it to look better through the summer, mulch, and water a little extra in the spring. Click here for more about California Currants and Gooseberries