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Ribes sanguineum
blood currant, red currant, red flowering currant

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Open to wooded, moist to dry valleys and lower mountains.

Flowers: February-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Erect, unarmed shrub 1-3 m. tall, with reddish-brown bark.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, broadly reniform to deltoid-ovate, 2.5-6 cm. broad, the lower surface much paler and hairier than the upper, palmately 5-lobed, the lobes deltoid to rounded and finely denticulate.


Inflorescence of erect, 10- to 20-flowered racemes; pedicels jointed; calyx pale to deep rose, finely pubescent; calyx tube 3-5 mm. long and nearly a broad, the 5 lobes oblong, equal to the tube, spreading; petals 5, white to light rose, obovate-spatulate, entire, 2.5-3.5 mm. long; stamens 5, equaling the petals, the filaments pinkish; styles 2, glabrous, fused almost to the stigmas; ovary inferior.


Berry globose, 7-9 mm. long, glaucous-black.

Accepted Name:
Ribes sanguineum Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 164. 1813.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ribes sanguineum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes sanguineum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Ribes sanguineum information

E-Flora BC: Ribes sanguineum atlas page

CalPhotos: Ribes sanguineum photos

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