Fuchsia Flowered Gooseberry
A spectacular Californian native, Fuchsia Flowered Gooseberry thrives in dry gardens, xeriscapes and wildlife gardens here in the Northwest. The vibrant bright red flowers that dance all along the spiny stems resemble fuchsia flowers and give this unique Ribes species its name. The hummingbirds flock to the flowers and the berries that follow are best made into a jam or left for the wild ones to eat. Spectacular in bloom and flowering for up to two months(!), this lovely shrub is also nearly evergreen, only going deciduous during the hottest and driest parts of summer.
Latin Name: Ribes speciosum
Site and Soil: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established and will need little to no supplemental watering during the summer season.
Rootstock Description: Self-rooted
Hardiness: Hardy to about. 5º F.
Size at Maturity: 6-8 ft. in height by 3-6 ft. width
Bloom Time: Spring
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7b