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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Ribes sanguineum Pursh
Blood currant, Pink-flowered currant, Red flowering currant, Redflower currant
USDA Symbol: risa
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blood currant is an erect, 4-10 ft., deciduous shrub with many upright stems from the base. On older twigs the dark-green, lobed leaves are clustered on short, lateral spurs. The stiffly erect racemes of pale-pink to dark-red flowers occur along the length of the stems. Fruits are bloomy, bluish-black. This is a variable species, varying most notably in flower color.
Not recommended; carries disease which kills white pine.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Black, Blue Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
CA , ID , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges to B.C. & Benewah Co, ID Native Habitat:
Open or partly shady places below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to drier, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Fairly adaptable.
source for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Take softwood cuttings in June or July. These root well when treated with hormone and placed under mist. Seeds may be fall sown or stratified. Hardwood cuttings, taken in fall are also used. Currants are easily layered as well.
Seed Collection: Seeds need to be picked or stripped as soon as they are ripe to lessen losses to birds. Maceration and flotation can be used to extract the seeds.
Seed Treatment: Stratify three months at 32-36 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff