Native Plant of the Month: Red Flowering Currant

Photo of 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

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.