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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: commonly used to make jams and jellies.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: scarification from low-intensity fires is required for germination.
Suitable for wintersowing
Other info: although it reproduces mainly by seed, seed germination is considered weak and rare, usually only occurring after low-intensity fires.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Layering
Other: recovers well after fires; sprouting from the buried root crown is common following fire.
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Wax Currant
  • Squaw Currant
  • Western Red Currant
  • White Squaw Currant
  • Yowipsi

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Location: Elko County, NV
Date: 2013-07-04
in the sagebrush/pinon-juniper transition zone
Location: Elko County, NV
Date: 2013-07-04
in the sagebrush/pinon-juniper transition zone
Location: Found growing in the Sierra-Nevada mountains
Date: 2008-06-27
Location: Found growing in the Sierra-Nevada mountains
Date: 2008-06-27

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Estes Park, CO
Date: 2013-06-08
Location: Estes Park, CO
Date: 2013-06-08
Location: Estes Park, CO
Date: 2013-06-08
Location: Estes Park, CO
Date: 2013-06-08
Comments:
  • Posted by BlueOddish (South Jordan, Utah, USA - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2020 3:59 PM concerning plant:
    The Hopi name for this plant is "Yowípsi".
Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On June 24, 2019 Transplanted
On 6-24-2019, planted 3 in alley across from Campanula americana. (Replaced the 3 that didn't overwinter.)
MrsBinWY On August 11, 2018 Transplanted
On 8-11-2018, planted 3 in alley across from Campanula americana.
MrsBinWY On June 10, 2018 Potted up
7
MrsBinWY On April 14, 2018 Seeds germinated
observed 3 from the milk jug held over from 2017 (on back patio; dry during the summer; freeze and thaw over the winter)
MrsBinWY On June 11, 2017 Potted up
1
MrsBinWY On April 29, 2017 Seeds germinated
1 way up
MrsBinWY On January 16, 2017 Seeds sown
Z4, P, C, 3:12w (baggy in fridge), seeds from Alplains, 16; jugged 4-15-17
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