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Blood Currant
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum
  
About Blood Currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum) 26 Nurseries Carry This Plant Blood Currant is one of two recognized varieties of the species Ribes sanguineum, a native shrub in the Grossulariaceae (Currant and Gooseberry) family. The other recognized variety, var. sanguineum, is restricted to the northwestern corner of the state. Var. glutinosum grows primarily along the coast and in the Coast Ranges in northern and central California, as far south as Santa Barbara County. It tends to grow at elevations from sea level to 5,000 feet, most often in places that are somewhat moist and partly shaded. It tends to be more drought-tolerant closer to the coast. It's overall shape and attractive pink flowers make it suitable for either woodland or more formal gardens. The fruit is a dark purple oval berry 1 centimeter long, edible but with an insipid taste, best left for the birds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
13 ft tall
7 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Insects and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Various fruit and seed eating birds are attracted to the berries.

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 80 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Trees: Maples (Acer sp.), Alders (Alnus sp.), Giant Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla), Ash (Fraxinus sp.), Coast Silktassel (Garry elliptica), Pines (Pinus sp.), Cottonwood (Populus sp.), Oaks (Quercus sp.), and Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) Shrubs: Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Ceanothus sp., Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Coffeeberry (Frangula sp.), Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), and Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp.)

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: 3.5-5 mos. stratification (USDA Forest Service 1974).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17*, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coastal hills, inland foothills and valleys of the Coast Ranges, as part of chaparral, forest or woodland vegetation

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.7" - 110.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 3.79", Coldest Month: 11.3" - 58.3", Hottest Month: 34.6" - 89.1", Humidity: 0.01" - 39.60", Elevation: -232" - 14040"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pink-flowering Currant


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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