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Buffalo Currant Ribes aureum var. villosum (Ribes odoratum)

 

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Buffalo Currant
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Family: Grossulariaceae, Currant view all from this family



Description This is a 6-12 ft., multiple-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright, arching branching. Each plant is usually surrounded by a mass of young suckering growth. Small, trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers, each with a red center, hang in nodding clusters. Black berries follow. Palmately-lobed, bluish-green foliage turns yellow in fall.


Habitat Sandy or chalky bluffs; prairies; woodland edges; stream banks.


Range Great Plains from North Dakota and Montana to Texas; introduced eastward.


Discussion This species is sometimes called R. odoratum. The berries are favorites among birds. It is native to the Great Plains and has become naturalized eastward.


Comments This is an alternate host of White Pine blister rust. This species is sometimes called R. odoratum.


Exposure Preference Partial sun.


Flower April - May


Native Distribution Great Plains from North Dakota & Montana to Texas; introduced eastward


Site Preference Sandy or chalky bluffs; prairies; woodland edges; stream banks


Soil Preference Sandy soils. pH 6.1-8.5


Wildlife Value Berries are favorites among birds.


 

 

 

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