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Red flowering currant      

Ribes sanguineum

Red flowering currant is a plant which belongs to the Ribes genus.

Deciduous shrub, native to the Pacific Northwest, which flowers in late winter or early spring with trusses of pink to red (occasionally white) flowers. Very attractive to hummingbirds.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Dark pink and   Carnation pink and   Cerise red. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Wild blue yonder. Leaves appear approximately as a   Apple green colour. It grows mainly as a deciduous, which means it will tend to shed its leaves annually. Normally reaching to a mature height of 9.75 feet (3.00 metres). This plant tends to bloom in early spring. This plant is a great attractor for birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Red flowering currant is a great choice.

United States is believed to be where Red flowering currant originates from.

As Red flowering currant is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Red flowering currant have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red flowering currant

  • Partial Sun

  • Very Low

Very easy to grow, tolerates a variety of conditions and soils, but is best in sun. I light pruning immediately after flowering is possible for shape, and to encourage future bloom, but is not necessary.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water very sparingly. Use Zone 7 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Red flowering currant is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Red flowering currant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Red flowering currant from seed

Transplanting Red flowering currant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Red flowering currant is a hardy plant.

Common Red flowering currant problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Red flowering currant plants:

If grown in too much shade some specimens are susceptible to powdery mildew.

Red-flowering currant is fairly resistant to most insect and disease pests of this genus including aphids and currant fruit fly (Euphranta canadensis). It is susceptible to currant borer (Synanthedon tipuliformis), oak root fungus (Armillaria mellea) and seedlings may be susceptible to damping off disease.1

Other names for Red flowering currant

Redflower currant, Flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum Pursh

Latest Red flowering currant Reviews

  • 19 Jun 2011

    anelson anelson's brocklebankii red flowering currant was Reviewed day 1453

    Very pretty foliage. However unlike all my other red flowering currants, which are completely maintenance free, this cultivar is susceptible to powdery mildew.

    1 stars

  • 29 Apr 2011

    anelson anelson's red flowering currant was Reviewed day 420

    Pacific Northwest Native which is very adaptable. Tolerates poor soil, drought, some shade. Extremely pretty flowers in early spring. Attractive to hummingbirds.

    5 stars

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