Black Currant, Squinancy

Ribes nigrum

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

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 14, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The federal ban on importing Ribes plants into the US may have been lifted, but fourteen (14!) states (mostly in the northeast and upper midwest) still have varying restrictions on planting various Ribes.

This species is an alternate host to white pine blister rust, a serious problem for a major timber crop in the east. Some Ribes species and some Ribes cultivars of susceptible species are resistant to the disease.

Before planting this in the east and upper midwest, consult your state's Department of Natural Resources to find out whether planting this species is legal.


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