Tuesday, September 8, 2009

trailing black currant

Yet another black currant
It took me forever to positively identify this one,
but now i see it, it is kind of obvious.

Ribes laxiflorum
formerly saxifragaceae saxifrage family
now Grossulariaceae, bittersweet family

Sept 7 2009 Rainy Hollow (BC)

laxus - loose, distant

It looks like this bush has dropped most of its berries, or have they been eaten?
Very unlikely by people, i find that this berry is yet harder to get to than the blueberries in Rainy Hollow. And not that abundant.
I find the taste superior to that of the black currants around my house, which are R. hudsonianum and R. lacustre.


Alaska Diva said...

Hmm. It didn't take here in zone 3 usda. Too cold and not enough moisture. Of course, we're swimming in surface h2o here on Lazy Mtn., but, only the R. hudsonianum and the prickly swamp currant like it here. Although, I haven't seen much of the swamp cousin in the last 5 yrs.. Even the R. husonianum seems on the decline. Too much development I fear. It is very easy to propagate though...most R. nigrums are. They have a built in rooting hormone. Just take cuttings and they'll usually root in water like willows do. They love damp, heavy, acidic soils. Manure loves them, too! They tend to get powdery mildew though.

I have a Devil's Club planted next to a large R. husonianum on the north entry way. A dry stream bed style garden with big boulders. No fuss, no muss. Easy to care for.

Take good care of your camera.

Palmer, Alaska

jozien said...

Thanks Alaska Diva, i just read your comment now, thanks! I am trying to find if you have a blog yourself, do you?