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Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum

Phonetic Spelling
RYE-bees san-GWIN-ee-um
Description

Red Flowering Currant is a deciduous shrub in the gooseberry family that is native to western North America.  It can be found growing in numerous habitats, including forest and woodland and areas where shrubs, bushes, and small trees make up the landscape, typically  along the coast on north-facing slopes.   When in bloom, the flowers hang down and cover the stems with 10 to 30 flowers in each cluster.  

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Elk River Red'
    Red flowers, 8-10'x7'
  • 'King Edward VII'
    Compact, pinkish-red flowers
  • 'Pokey's Pink'
    Light pink flowers
  • 'Pulborough Scarlet'
    Red flowers with white centers
  • 'White Icicle'
    White flowers, blooms early
'Elk River Red', 'King Edward VII', 'Pokey's Pink', 'Pulborough Scarlet', 'White Icicle'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#deciduous#wildlife plant#red flowers#fragrant leaves#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#spring flowers#food source#deer resistant#blue fruits#cold tolerant#black fruits#sensory garden#winter flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Elk River Red'
    Red flowers, 8-10'x7'
  • 'King Edward VII'
    Compact, pinkish-red flowers
  • 'Pokey's Pink'
    Light pink flowers
  • 'Pulborough Scarlet'
    Red flowers with white centers
  • 'White Icicle'
    White flowers, blooms early
'Elk River Red', 'King Edward VII', 'Pokey's Pink', 'Pulborough Scarlet', 'White Icicle'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#deciduous#wildlife plant#red flowers#fragrant leaves#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#spring flowers#food source#deer resistant#blue fruits#cold tolerant#black fruits#sensory garden#winter flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ribes
    Species:
    sanguineum
    Family:
    Grossulariaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The tart fruits of this plant are sometimes used in jams. Native Americans are known to have eaten the fruits of this plant fresh and dried.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western Canada, and U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees and hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar in flowers. A host plant for the Hyalophora euryalus moth. Birds are attracted to the fruits.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Larval Host
    Edibility:
    Fruits are technically edible but better left for the birds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 13 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Description:
    Blue-black with white bloom, technically edible but not tasty.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmatifid
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1"-3" long and wide fragrant leaves with a resinous scent, pubesent with lighter color below.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer