Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

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Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

3.50

Also known as blood currant or winter currant, this showy shrub is a great overall addition to your landscape. The abundant pink flowers in late spring are very attractive to pollinators, and the the dusky bluish berries that replace them are a good food source for a variety of birds. Berries are edible for humans but not very palatable fresh. Even the distinctive foliage is visually interesting. This species is found in open forests and dry, rocky slopes from sea level to 6,000 feet, west of the Cascades. It prefers sun to part shade and well drained soil. Sow in fall or refrigerate 90 days for best germination. These germinate pretty readily, in my experience.

Provenance: Jefferson Co., WA

Family: Grossulariaceae

Bloom: Late Spring

Height: 3-9’

Difficulty: Easy

$3.50 Packet: .01 oz. or roughly 175 seeds

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