Island Gooseberry, Catalina Perfume


Ribes viburnifolium in bloom.

These are a smaller ribes than the blooming ribes I posted a couple days ago. It only gets 2 to 3 feet tall, but will grow wide. You can let it go wild to about 8 ft. if you choose.

Prefers some shade, can survive well in our local clay soils with no watering through the summer drought.

The edible fruits are a tangy currant. I don’t really know that, I just thought I should write something about the fruits, since they are edible, although the plant is really grown for the flowers. The book says they don’t fruit further inland, but we’re coastal so we’ve seen the fruit. And the birds will eat them right up.


    
    
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