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Ribes sanguineum var. sanguineum

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Species Name: Ribes sanguineum var. sanguineum
Common Name: Red Flowering Currant

Excellent shrub for woodland garden. Use as background plant. Beautiful tassel-like blooms are pendulous and attract numerous hummingbirds. Prefers good drainage and some summer water.

Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4-12' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Upright with vase shape
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Rocky and acidic
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White to red
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, Highlands of North Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Montane forests from 1,000-6,800'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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