Ribes sanguineum, Red Flowering Current, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Ribes sanguineum, Red Flowering Current, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Red Flowering Currant

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Ribes sanguineum

  • Size at maturity: 4-10' tall, 3-10' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: wildlife favorite, supports hummingbirds

The flowers of the Red Flowering Currant may range in color from pale pink to deep red. They begin to appear in March and are a source of early food for hummingbirds. The individual flowers of Red Flowering Currant are small (1/3”), but they occur in many 2–4” clusters of 10–20 flowers, to produce a very beautiful display. The round blue-black berries are almost always completely eaten by birds before the end of summer. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credits: Tara Lemezis