Ribes sanguineum Pursh
Redflower currant, Blood currant, Pink-flowered currant, Red flowering currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
USDA Symbol: RISA
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit: Black, Blue
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , OR , WA
Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges to B.C. & Benewah Co, ID
Native Habitat: Open or partly shady places below 2000 ft.
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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: A nectar source for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes sanguineum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes sanguineum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes sanguineum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-04-06
Research By: TWC Staff