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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month: Red Flowering Currant 

Common Name: Red Flowering Currant
Binomial Name: Ribes sanguineum
Soil Type: moist to dry
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade                                      

Plant Type: Multi- stemmed Shrub   
Foliage: Deciduous
Red Currant close-up
  In the winter time the reddish to brown bark is the only thing you will see until it produces 3 to 5 lobed green leaves which have a whitish underside with fine hairs. The white to pink flower petals with pinkish-red calyx bloom in early spring (around March to April) are very striking and make a beautiful contrast to any yard.
 Red Flowering currant is a hardy, ornamental native shrub than spans from California up to Canada. The flowers of a red currant attract hummingbirds who love the nectar that is produced. Also birds love to eat the Blue to black berries that are produced by the plant which are edible but very bitter so it is not recommended to eat by humans.  
Red flowering currant
                                           
This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!

Past Native plants of the month: