Redflower Currant, Flowering Currant, Winter Currant

Ribes sanguineum

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: sanguineum (san-GWIN-ee-um) (Info)
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Foliage Color:


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:

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By simple layering

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Crescent City, California

Crockett, California

Petaluma, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Dayton, Oregon

Mill City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

South Beach, Oregon

Everett, Washington

Langley, Washington

Port Townsend, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 9, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Grown for its showy flowers in tulip season, white through light pink to magenta. The bluish fruit is edible but insipid and best used to feed the birds, who wait till nothing tastier is available.

Grown as a upright suckering shrub it reaches 5-8' tall and 2/3 as wide. It can be pruned as a tree form, and can (rarely) reach 12', but is generally more attractive as a shrub.

Generally considered hardy only to Z6.

Native to western coastal N. America from mid-BC to mid-California. This species is an alternative host to white pine blister rust, a devastating disease of the commercially important white pine. Some eastern states prohibit its planting. Spores travel by wind and can infect pines 300 miles away.


On May 3, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

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 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 ... read more