Plant family: Grossulariaceae - Gooseberry
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California, Horticultural Selection
Chaparral, Horticultural Selection
Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam
Attracts Wildlife, Edible , Good under Oaks, Important to Native People
Dancing Tassels is a beautiful summer deciduous shrub for shady areas. Growing to 6 feet tall, this vase shaped shrub has soft green lobed leaves and peeling red-brown bark. The small, pinkish white flowers are jammed together on pendulous, chandelier-like 4 inch clusters. Dancing Tassels was selected for use in the garden by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden because it sports the longest flower clusters of the species. It is originally from Bryce Canyon on San Clemente Island. Chaparral Currant blooms earlier in winter than the Pink Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum), providing hummingbirds an outstanding nectar source in late fall and early winter. It is also more sun and drought tolerant than R. sanguineum. After its long flowering period, Dancing Tassels produces dark blue fruits that appeal to a large variety of songbirds and human jelly makers. Tailed Copper butterflies also use it as a larval plant. In coastal areas plant in full sun or part shade, inland it needs filtered shade. It is not finicky about soil type, but it needs good drainage.
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