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PlantFiles: 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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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:
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)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive anelson77 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.

Positive bono 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.

Positive Lilith 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, 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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