A spiny medium-sized deciduous shrub with bristly stems bearing small, oval, slightly lobed, glossy, dark green leaves A species of gooseberry, native to California it produces small, drooping, fuchsia-like bright crimson flowers with prominent stamens hanging beneath the stems from mid-March to the beginning of May followed by red berries in autumn. As a bush it will grow up to 2.5 m but may exceed this against a wall.
Easy to grow in any well-drained soil of any type best planted against a east-facing or south-facing sunny wall but it also succeeds here grown as a bush in an open border. Pruning should be done after flowering but is only necessary to maintain the shape of the plant. Propagate by hardwood cuttings in winter.