Ribes sanguineum

Scientific name: Ribes sanguineum


Common names: “flowering currant”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 6-8

Light: Full sun – light shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Rocky native soil, not fussy

Moisture: Well drained, drought tolerant once established


Plant Size: H 5-12′ W 5-12′

Leaf and Stem shape: Palmately lobed, aromatic leaves on spiny stems

Flower: Deep red flowers in drooping racemes in spring, followed by berries

Pruning: Can be cut back hard after flowering

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Choose a spot appropriate for size, hedges, screens, flower beds

Propagate: By softwood cuttings and seed

Pests & Disease: Generally disease free, if growing in wet conditions can get anthracnose, blister rot and powdery mildew

*Deer resistant ♥ Attracts hummingbirds

Comments: There are many new cultivars but sometimes the straight species is best

Cultivars: 3 ~AGM winners: R. s. ‘Koja’, R. s. ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ , &

R. s. White Icicle = ‘Uberic’ – upright & compact with white flowers


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