Monday, 28 December 2015

Californian Ribes


Ribes speciosum
Ribes speciosum
Not rare but a classic with its rich red somewhat fuchsia-like flowers dangling all along the undersides of the branches in spring. The leaves are gooseberry-like and glossy fresh green and the red stems are viciously thorny.
Ribes speciosum
Best trained on a sunny wall, but surprisingly tough with a little protection.
3L pots ~ £15




Ribes cereum
Ribes cereum
An attractive Californian species with profuse palest rosy white flowers in spring among small shiny leaves on a compact gnarly shrub.
Ribes cereum
An ideal species for Mediterranean style gardens growing among other sun-loving drought-tolerant species.
3L pots ~ £12




Ribes aff. californicum
Ribes aff. californicum
Clearly related to R.speciosum, with small pale Fuchsia-like dangling under the spiky branches.
Ribes aff. californicum
This is an easy species to grow, with a quiet charm
3L pots ~ £12




Ribes aureum gracillimum
Ribes aureum
Related to but not the same as the more familiar eastern buffalo berry - R.odoratum. This has similar tubular yellow flowers, but tinted red at the tips, and it is a much more compact plant.
Ribes aureum
The flowers appear early among the new leaves rather than on bare branches. There might even be some orange berries if you're lucky.
£12




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