Catalina currant

This might be stretching the definition of “native plant” for the Central Valley, since the plant is native to Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. It hasn’t been a stellar performer here, forming loose clumps of foliage in open shade and refusing to spread out into a dense evergreen ground cover as it does in Southern California.

The flowers are easy to miss – they’re tiny and their color blends in with mulch, leaves and other reddish backgrounds.

 

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