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Plant Species of the genus Ribes

Information about this genus
Name: Ribes
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Some species are not self-fertile and must be planted in groups to ensure good fruiting. Apart from this requirement and the need for some winter chilling, most are easily grown plants that require little more than a reasonably well-drained soil, moisture in summer and some shade from the very hottest summer sun. Rust or mildew can cause problems with some species, but often disease-resistant cultivars are available. Propagate from seed or cuttings, or by layering.
Description: Widespread in the northern temperate regions, this genus contains around 150 species of shrubs. Some are purely ornamental, others are grown for their fruit and a few provide a dash of autumn foliage color. They are usually deciduous, with twiggy or wiry stems that are sometimes very thorny. Usually with 3 to 5 lobes, the leaves often have scalloped or toothed edges and a covering of bristly hairs. The flowers are small, sometimes in racemes large enough to be showy, and followed by often-bristly, many-seeded berries that are frequently edible. Some species are important commercial or home garden crops.

Specie Vernacular Zone
alpinum 2-9
americanum 2-9
aureum 2-9
cynosbati eastern prickly gooseberry
glandulosum skunk currant
hirtellum hairystem gooseberry
hudsonianum northern black currant
lacustre prickly currant
missouriense Missouri gooseberry
nigrum 5-9
odoratum 5-9
oxyacanthoides 2?8
Ribes 3 culverwellii 6?9
Ribes 3 gordonianum 6-9
Ribes 3 koehneanum 6-9
Ribes fasciculatum 5-9
Ribes inerme 6-9
Ribes laurifolium 9-11
Ribes sanguineum 6-10
Ribes silvestre 6-9
Ribes speciosum 7-10
Ribes viburnifolium 9-11
rotundifolium Appalachian gooseberry
rubrum cultivated currant
triste red currant
uva-crispa 5-9

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