Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
"Pink Flowering Currant"

photo: 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 & bees. The berries are black with a whitish bloom & are enjoyed by birds.  The leaves exude a delightful resinous scent & 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 & can become 5-12’ tall & 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 & Aquilegia.  Bee & bird habitat plant.

Anni J.

Lt.Shade, Sun(on coast)
Low-No Water

Deciduous Shrub
USDA Zones 8-10