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Ribes laxiflorum - Pursh.

Common Name White-Flowered Currant, Trailing black currant
Family Grossulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A spreading or decumbent plant, clambering over logs and stumps in moist places in California[71].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to California.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ribes laxiflorum White-Flowered Currant, Trailing black currant


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ribes laxiflorum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[61, 105, 118, 257]. Palatable, but not very juicy[256]. The fruit can be dried and stored for later use[177] or made into jelly[257]. The fruit can be up to 10mm long, though it is usually smaller, it is borne in small racemes[256].

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Medicinal Uses

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Ophthalmic  TB  Tonic

A decoction or infusion of the root or branches can be used each day as an eyewash to remove foreign matter from the eyes[257]. A decoction of the leaves and twigs has been used as a general tonic[257]. A decoction of the bark has been used in the treatment of colds[257]. A decoction of the bark and roots has been used as a treatment for tuberculosis[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Plants are quite tolerant of shade though do not fruit so well in such a position[11]. Hardy to about -20°c[200]. Plants can harbour a stage of 'white pine blister rust', so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at between 0 and 5°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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   Thu Aug 31 2006

laxifolium?

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