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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry)

Somewhat common native perennial shrub found around creeks in shaded areas. Flowers are red. Blooms winter to spring. This plant is summer deciduous (loses it's leaves during the dry season). Can be confused with Ribes amarum (bitter gooseberry) which has purple and white flowers and usually does not have bristles (small spines) along the stem between the larger spines.

Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry). NATIVE. Pictured in autumn (after first rains).


Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry). NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry). NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry). NATIVE. Pictured in summer.


Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry). NATIVE. Pictured in summer.