Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
"Pink Flowering Currant"

Photo courtesy of JG in SF

Also known as the "Winter Currant", this CA native shrub brightens the garden on a rainy Winter day. In bloom February-April, the 2-4" drooping clusters of pink flowers are also an early food source for hummingbirds and bees. The berries are black with a whitish bloom and are enjoyed by birds.  The leaves exude a delightful resinous scent and are not attractive to deer. Naturally found in woodlands areas, it makes itself at home in light-moderate shade (essential for inland gardeners), full or morning sun OK on the coast. The shrub grows in a natural vase shape and can become 5-12’ tall and wide, but it can be pruned hard after it has finished flowering in the Spring. Little or no irrigation is necessary, thus great under oaks. Fine companions would be other woodland plants like Heuchera, Tellima and Aquilegia.  Bee and bird habitat plant.

Anni J.

Pt.Shade/Sun(on coast)
Low/No Summer Water

Deciduous Shrub
USDA Zones 8-10