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Flowering Currant

Ribes sanguineum

Also known as

Red flowered Currant, Winter Currant, Blood Currant, Currant

Ribes sanguineum by pl:User:Łukasz Szczurowski (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Flowering Currant

Some pink flowers and green foliage of a Ribes sanguineum plant in a garden
A close up of some pink Ribes sanguineum flowers on a plant
A photo of Flowering Currant
A close up of a Ribes sanguineum stem with pink blooms and green leaves
Some Ribes sanguineum in flower growing in the wild

Flowering Currant Overview

Ribes sanguineum is a deciduous shrub species in the Grossulariaceae family. Commonly known by the names Flowering Currant, Redflower Currant, or Red Flowering Currant, this species originates from western North America. It produces attractive, small, 5-petalled pink-red flowers in early spring, each flower measures between 0.5-1cm across. They are arranged on raceme structures up to 7cm in length, which can bear up to 30 flowers. Flowers lead onto dark purple, 1cm long berry fruits. Leaves are textured and lobed, they measure between 2-7cm in length and width. Typically grows to a height and spread of around 2m, the bark is coloured brown-grey and features raised brown pores, termed lenticels, these are an adaptation allowing gas exchange.

Common problems with Flowering Currant

How to propagate Flowering Currant



Special features of Flowering Currant

Attracts bees

Hedge plant

Other uses of Flowering Currant

Hedging, specimen. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

Spring Flowering Shrubs

Growing these shrubs will give you a glorious spring display of flowers.

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Larger Shrubs for Gardens

For larger gardens, these flowering shrubs are perfect additions to provide habitat and food for pollinators.

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