Hardiness: 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)
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Fuchsia (Red-Purple) Red Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring
Foliage: Deciduous Bronze-Green Aromatic
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
I ordered a bunch of these bareroot from the King Country Conservation plant sale. They all thrived in dry part shade. They took 3 years to bloom, but then were spectacular. Good hummingbird plant. Fast growing.
On Nov 28, 2004, bono from Pender Island Canada wrote:
When you see the first flowers on this plant....watch for the Hummingbirds returning to the Pacific North West from their vacations down south. Native to Southern British Columbia and south.
"Native to Dry open woods, rocky slopes, disturbed sites at low to middle elevations. The berries are edible but insipid. They were eaten by various Coast Salish gruops such as the Saanich, Cowichan, Squamish, and Sechelt, but they were not highly regarded. They were eaten fresh but not usually collectred for drying." - Plants of Coastal British Columbia including Washington, Oregon & Alaska by Pojar and Mackinnon.
On May 2, 2002, Lilith from Durham United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
bears pendulous, red flower clusters on a 6-8 foot shrub in spring, followed by blue to black berries in fall that are unpalatable to humans. Some think this shrub is the most striking of the flowering currants and consider it the best ornamental of the Ribes genus. The leaves are maple-like and turn yellow in autumn. This shrub prefers dry to moist, well-drained sites in full sun to partial shade. It would be an excellent choice as a landscape plant, soil stabilizer, natural hedge, or in the outer row of multi-row windbreaks.
Wildlife benefit: Provides cover for upland game birds and small mammals. Fruit is eaten by a variety of songbirds and small mammals.
Seed can be sown by birds (eating the berries) so you can end up with a lot of them! Gives great colour in late winter when there's no a lot else flowering.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Crescent City North, California Crockett, California Petaluma, California San Francisco, California San Leandro, California Dayton, Oregon Mill City, Oregon Portland, Oregon Salem, Oregon Everett, Washington Langley, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports)