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Ribes sanguineum


Ribes sanguineum is a critical BC native for the rufous hummingbird who follow its blooms on their northward migration.

Ribes sanguineum is known as the red flowering currant. It is a beautiful upright, deciduous shrub with maple- or grape-like lobed leaves that emerge at the same time or just after the arching to pendulous racemes of small pink to near red flowers in early spring. A critical BC native for hummingbirds, the northward spring migration of the rufous hummingbird follows the bloom of this currant as well as our native salmonberry, Rubus spectabilis. Butterflies also visit the flowers. Tolerant of shade and dry soils.

Common Name: Red Flowering Currant

Family: Grossulariaceae (The Gooseberry Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No


Benefits: Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Moist to dry forests and rock outcrops in lowlands and mountains from BC to California.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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