Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. Variable shrub, growing 3-10’ with numerous horizontal branches and sharp spines at nodes. Dark green, round leaves are thick and leathery. Excellent choice as a barrier plant. Fuchsia-like flowers with long, protruding stamens are crimson to cherry red and drooping; appearing January through May. Attractive to hummingbirds. Gooseberries may be evergreen with adequate summer water; otherwise, they lose their leaves in summer, then leaf out in late fall with the rains. Although preferring full sun on the coast and shade inland, they accept sun or shade, as well as moist or dry conditions. Suitable for north-facing banks, woodland gardens and the understory of native oaks. Hardy to 5F. California.