Botanical Name: Ribes sanguineum
Common Name: Red Flowering Currant  
Plant photo of: Ribes sanguineum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Blue


Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Espalier, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Elkhorn Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This upright, multibranched deciduous shrub has medium green, maple shaped leaves. The rose-red flowers appear in clusters in mid winter offering winter color for the garden, and food for hummingbirds. This shrub can tolerate some shade on the coast, and needs shade in warm inland areas. It makes a wonderful backdrop in a woodland garden, foundation shrub, or an informal hedge.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.