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Red-flowering currant berries
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Ribes sanguineum

Deciduous Shrub

Height: 6 ft.

Availability: High

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

Certainly one of the most beloved and showy of native northwest shrubs, the brilliant display of carmine red flowers in spring are welcomed by gardeners and hummingbirds alike. It does best in rocky, well drained soil in sunny locations and less well in heavy soils and shade. It is very upright, to six feet, in habit and should be used in the middle or back of a border bed. It also works well as a scrambling plant en masse in open forests and on slopes.

Keywords: birds, broad, butterflies, fast, fire-resistant , fruit, pink, purple, red, upright

Articles that mention this plant: Deer resistant plants

Plans that use this plant:Dry, sunny, Moist, sunny, Steep slope with dry sunny conditions