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Pink-flowering Currant Journal

Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum – Pink-flowering Currant

Mar 12, 2011. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum. First flowers!
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Pink-flowering Currant is a drought tolerant California native shrub but prefers to be in shade to part-shade. I have it by our south facing wall where it is warm and there is plenty good air-flow and also a little reflected sunlight at various parts of the day. So far so good – in the short time we’ve had it we can see a good amount of new foliage. I’m not expecting to see any flowers this year but a good year in the garden will hopefully see it produce a few blooms 12 months from now.

Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum is a great wildlife plant. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the nectar from the flowers and song birds love the fruit. It is considered a fast grower and can reach 6′ tall or more with a similar spread. The attractive pink flower clusters appear in late winter into spring with dark berries later. The berries are edible but don’t taste good so leave them to the birdies who appreciate them more. This shrub is deciduous and will most likely lose its leaves in the summer.

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Plant Meta Data

Common NamePink-flowering Currant
Botanic NameRibes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum
OriginCalifornia
Bloom PeriodSpring
Bloom Color
Light RequiredPartial Shade
Water ToleranceModerate
Potential Size (H x W)6' x 6'
NotesAttracts ButterfliesAttracts SongbirdsAttracts Hummingbirds

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Mar 12, 2011. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum. First flowers!Sep 25, 2010. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum. Still dormant.Aug 1, 2010. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum. Dormant.Mar 29, 2010. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. GlutinosumJan 10, 2010. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. GlutinosumNov 8, 2009. - Pink Flowering Current - Ribes Sanguineum var. Glutinosum