Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) SN


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Plant Description: This deciduous shrub grows with multiple or few stems in an upright to spreading form. Leaves are 3-5 lobed, with lightly toothed margins and indented veins, giving a wrinkled appearance. Turning a  yellow to red color in autumn, the leaves leave the orangish-red bark behind when they drop. In spring, many clusters of small tubular pink flowers appear all over the plant with some congregations having up to 25 individual flowers. Bluish-black edible berries follow, although have a very sour taste.

The leaves and berries of this plant are edible. Berries can be eaten raw, but because of their taste it is recommended to cook them. The berries are usually found in jams, syrups, etc. This species has also been investigated for medicinal anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID. CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL FOR MEDICAL USE*

  • Height: 3-10ft
  • Width: 3-10ft
  • Watering needs: regular
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: well-drained
  • Bloom Time: March to April
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: A native plant, Ribes sanguineum grows from Southwest British Columbia into Southern California between the Pacific Coast and the west slope of the Cascades.  Found growing in open forests, and dry rocky slopes from sea level to 6000 ft.

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