Ribes speciosum is a species of gooseberry with elongate, red flowers that resemble those of fuchsia; its common name is fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. It is native to central and southern California and Baja California, where it grows in the scrub and chaparral of the coastal mountain ranges.
Description[edit source | edit]
Ribes speciosum is a spreading shrub which can reach 3 metres (9.8 ft) in maximum height, its stems coated in bristles with three long spines at each stem node. The leathery leaves are shallowly divided into several lobes and are mostly hairless, the upper surfaces dark green and shiny.
The inflorescence is a solitary flower or raceme of up to four flowers. The flower is a tube made up of the gland-studded scarlet sepals with the four red petals inside. The red stamens and stigmas protrude far from the mouth of the flower, measuring up to 4 centimeters long each.
The fruit is a red-orange berry about a centimeter long which is covered densely in glandular bristles.
Cultivation[edit source | edit]
Ribes speciosum is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in drought-tolerant, native plant, and wildlife gardens. It prefers dappled to bright light, in dry gardens and under oaks.  The plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
References[edit source | edit]
- Originally described and published in Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 731-732. 1814 . "Name - Ribes speciosum Pursh". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- Las Pilitas Nursery horticulture treatment: Ribes speciosum, Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry . accessed 1.28.2013
- "RHS Plant Selector - Ribes speciosum". Retrieved 30 May 2013.