Red-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Max Height: 6 ft
Moisture: Moist to dry
Growing Ease: Moderate
Use Value: Fruits are edible, leaves for tea
Attracts: Butterflies and hummingbirds
Container Tolerance: High
BLOOM & FRUITS
The Red-flowering Currant shrub develops early blooming clusters of impressive pink flowers in March and April, followed by berries that are blue in colour and have a waxy look on the outside in July and August.
USE BY PEOPLE & CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
Fruit is edible but sour. They can be used in berry cakes and to build iron, blood. High in antioxidants. Combined with other berries in fruit leather preserves for winter use. Many nations have different uses, including medicinal treatments for colds, coughs, diabetes, diarrhea, and preventing miscarriages.
Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Important early spring food source for migrating Rufous Hummingbirds. The fruit is eaten by birds and it is a host plant for many butterfly and moth species.
Prefers sunny locations with well-drained soil.