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Black Currant, Squinancy

Ribes nigrum

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Chugiak, Alaska

Falmouth, Maine

Dundee, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


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, rheumat... read more