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My Ribes is dead so I pulled it out! This is the time of year people think they killed their various summer dormant natives.  Don't pull it up yet! There may be hope. Many chaparral species are shutting down right now. Their leaves start to shrivel and turn brown. This a normal part of their life cycle. You can't water them out of it. In mild coastal areas the plants may shut down for just a short period of time or not at all. But in hot interior climates forget it. No mater how much you water them they are going to sleep. And if you water them to much they are very likely to really die. This is the time of year, if you plants are established, to stop deep watering and move over to "beer watering". The chaparral does not get heavy precipitation in the summer, condensation, fog drip, yes, an inch of rain at 1pm when it is 101deg NO!  So don't rip out those  Ribes and Keckiella. Have a beer and let nature take its course.
Ribes speciosum,Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry,  summer dormant. - grid24_12
Ribes speciosum, Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry, summer dormant. Ribes goes deciduous around late July or August. This plant is 25 years old and drops all its leaves every summer.
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