Ribes sanguineum – Red-flowering currant


Red-flowering currant, a member of the gooseberry family, grows in the form of a medium to tall shrub form one to three metres tall – and wide. The shrub sports crooked, brownish stems that stand erect or lean against other shrubs in open to dense thickets. From March to May, the red-flowering currant is in bloom, attracting hummingbirds to its spectacular flowers. Coast Salish peoples collected and ate the fruit raw. Today many people transplant these native bushes into their home gardens as a feature or specimen shrub.

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