Ribes sanguineum

Beautiful ornamental shrub with drooping flower clusters that may be white to deep red and grow in clusters of 10-20 flowers. Grows 3-10′ tall with crooked stems and reddish bark. This deciduous shrub has irregular leaves with five lobes. The berries are blue-black with a waxy bloom. Hummingbirds and butterflies, and bees love red flowering currant.

red flowering currant

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

currant inflorescence

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

currant in containers

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

  • red flowering currant
  • currant inflorescence
  • currant in containers

Plant Details

Upland Prairie and Savanna
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Mature Height:
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Best on well-drained soils
Special Uses:
Attracts insects, bees and butterflies; Attracts birds; Attracts hummingbirds; Ornamental; Deer resistant