Red Flowering Currant

  • $5.00

Limit 10 plants per order, please.

Red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) is an upright, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub that averages 6-10 feet tall, and is considered one of our prettiest native shrubs.  Its bright pink, dangling flower clusters in late February and March are welcome signs of spring!

The bark is dark brownish-grey with pale brown lenticels, or pores. The broad leaves have five pointed lobes, and young leaves and flowers have a scent variously described as spicy or resinous. The fruits form as clusters of dark purple berries which contrast beautifully with the rosy gold fall foliage.

Plant this bush where you can see it from a window, because red flowering currant is a favorite of hummingbirds and other wildlife all year long.  The flowers are important early spring nectar sources for rufous and Anna's hummingbirds, spring azure and mourning cloak butterflies, and many native bees.  Many birds eat the berries in the fall and winter, including towhees, thrushes, cedar waxwings, and sparrows.  This charming plant also hosts the eggs of zephyr butterflies, and provides shelter for songbirds.

Red flowering currant can tolerate shade, but grows best (and blooms the most) in sunny locations with dry soils.  Note: it does not like too much water in summer!

  • Light Requirements: Part shade to full sun
  • Water Requirements: Dry to moist
  • Ease of Growing: Easy to grow
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Spreads: No
  • Wildlife Support:  Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Pest-eating Insects, Birds or Mammals
  • Mature Height: 4-10 feet
  • Mature Width: 3-10 feet