Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum): Bundle of 10


Bareroots sold in bundles of 10.

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Sold in bundles of 10.

At a Glance: Erect, multi-stemmed shrub with showy clusters of deep pink flowers in early spring.

Height: 3-10 feet (1-3 meters).
Stems: Crooked stems; no thorns or spines; young growth finely hairy; reddish brown bark.
Leaves: Alternate; palmately 3 to 5-lobed, green, lower surface hairier and paler than upper; Size: 2-6 cm across.
Flowers: In erect or drooping clusters of 10-20 flowers; pale pink to deep red; size: 3-10 mm long; shape: tubular. Flowers appear just prior to leaf emergence.
Flowering Period: February, March, April.
Fruits: Blue-black berries with whitish waxy bloom and glandular hairs; size: 2-9 mm long.

Appeal: Red Flowering Currant has rose-pink flowers in February that brighten any late-winter garden.

Conservation Uses: Red Flowering Currant is an important species for upland soil stabilization in restoration projects.

Helpful Tips: As with any new planting, it should be watered during the dry season for the first 2-3 years until it becomes established.  Click HERE to determine your recommended planting density.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
Shade intolerant.

full sun > 80%
mostly sunny 60%-80%
partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
mostly shady 60%-80%
full shade > 80%

Wetland Indicator Status:
UPL (obligate upland)

low elevation
mid elevation
high elevation


Soil Preferences
sandy soils
gravelly soils
clay soils
muddy soils
peaty soils
well drained soils
shallow soils
deep soils
acidic soils
basic soils
humic soils
nutrient rich soils
nutrient poor soils
mineral soils
organic soils
Wildlife Value
Nectar for hummingbirds
Nectar for butterflies
Host for insect larvae
Thickets and shelter
Thorny or protective cover
Birds: The berries are eaten by grouse, pheasants, robins, towhees, thrushes, waxwings, sparrows, jays, and woodpeckers. Several hummingbirds consume the nectar.
Insects: The foliage is eaten by zephyr and other butterfly larvae.
Mammals: The fruits is eaten by coyotes, foxes, mountain beavers, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and chipmunks. The twigs and foliage are browsed by deer and elk.


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014. <>.