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Ribes malvaceum

Pink Chaparral currant.

Santa Margarita, CA
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One Gallon 0 $ 11.99
Plants in production
One Gallon 69 --

Ribes malvaceum, Pink Chaparral Currant, is a five foot deciduous shrub with pink flower clusters in Oct.-Mar.. Native to slopes in the coast ranges. Pink Chaparral Currant likes sun in coast and cool climates to part shade inland with good drainage. Companion plants range from Coast Live Oak, Poison Oak, Madrone, Arctostaphylos glauca, and Bay.

Pink Chaparral Currant has fragrant flowers with a  red and edible currant  but not too great. Birds will get it first anyway. We use the leaves in peppermint tea (along with Ribes indecorum). One leaf will add a distinct twist to your tea.

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. 

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Ribes malvaceum tolerates deer.
Ribes malvaceum is great for a bird garden.
Ribes malvaceum's foliage color is green, type is deciduous, has fragrance and is edible.
Ribes malvaceum's flower color is pink and has a fragrance.
Ribes malvaceum's fruit is edible.

Communities for Ribes malvaceum:Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Mixed-evergreen Forest and Central Oak Woodland.

ph: 5.50 to 7.20
usda: 7 to 10
height[m]: 1.00 to 2.00
width[m]: 1.00 to 2.00
rainfall[cm]: 53.00 to 116.00

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