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PlantFiles: Black Currant, Squinancy
Ribes nigrum

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: nigrum (NY-grum) (Info)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On Oct 31, 2001, Baa wrote:

A scented, fruiting shrub from Europe, USA and Chile.

Has slightly hairy, 5 lobed, mid-dark green, scented (I find mildy unpleasant) leaves. Bears tiny, purplish green, sometimes double bell shaped flowers, spherical, black fruit follow. The Blackcurrant flower is the only known instance where a double flower can be turned into a single flower by turning the extra petals into stamens.

Flowers April-May

Is a native of woodland but will happily grow in full sun, prefers a well drained, fertile, humus rich soil.

Has sweet tasting fruit which are full of vitamin C as well as other vitamins and minerals.

They are diuretic and can help boost the immune system. They have been used to treat indigestion, diarrhoea, rheumatism, high blood pressure, sore throats, colds, flu and used in a poultice to treat wounds. All parts can be used in one way or another.

Apart from their medicinal properties they taste great fresh, in a jam, jelly or curd and in various drinks and sauces.

Birds love them so you may have to compete.

This bush is incredibly easy to propagate. If any part of the woody stem is broken all you need to do it cut it off and push into soil, it will root in just a few weeks.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chugiak, Alaska
Falmouth, Maine
Dundee, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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