Ribes malvaceum var malvaceum Santa Clara County

Chaparral currant, Santa Clara County form

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 6' X 4'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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The gray-green leaves and clusters of pink flowers of the chaparral currant brighten coastal mountains from midwinter to early spring. It is usually found with a rounded or vase-shaped form in sunny openings of chaparral or mixed deciduous woodlands. Occasionally one encounters a white-flowered form. It will lose its leaves in the later fall through early winter. Best with full sun or perhaps a few hours of protection in the afternoon. Chaparral currant is extremely drought tolerant. These plants are grown from material native to Santa Clara County.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous