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Red currant


Ribes sanguineum:10 inch plugs


Ribes sanguineum, the flowering currant, redflower currant, or red-flowering currant, is North American a species of flowering plant in the family Grossulariaceae, native to western United States and Canada. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 2m (7ft) tall and broad. The bark is dark brownish-grey with prominent paler brown lenticels. The leaves are 2-7cm (1-3in) long and broad, palmately lobed with five lobes; when young in spring, they have a strong resinous scent. The flowers are produced in early spring at the same time as the leaves emerge, on dangling racemes 3-7cm (1-3in) long of 5-30 flowers; each flower is 5-10mm (0.20-0.39in) in diameter, with five red or pink petals. The fruit is a dark purple oval berry about cm (0.5in) long, edible but with an insipid taste (Wikipedia). Photo credit: Brewbooks CC BY-SA 3.0.