Botanical Name: Ribes sanguineum Add
Common Name: Red Flowering Currant  
Plant photo of: Ribes sanguineum
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Blue


Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Spanish, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Espalier, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery
Photographer: Elkhorn Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Upright, multibranched deciduous shrub with medium green maple shaped leaves. The rose-red flowers appear in clusters in mid-winter offering winter color for the garden, and food for hummingbirds. Can tolerate some shade on the coast, and needs shade in warm inland areas. Makes a wonderful backdrop in a woodland garden, foundation shrub, or an informal hedge.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas