Ribes- Currant

Deciduous shrubs; the best known species flowers magni-ficently in spring.

Situation:

The shrubs require a certain amount of shade; they are very striking when in flower and are suitable for small gardens. Attractive in combination with honesty.

Soil:

Undemanding as regards soil.

Propagation:

Very easy, from cuttings in winter.

Ribes alpinum, alpine currant: Height to 2 m; insignificant, yellow-green flowers in mid to late spring; the deeply incised leaves appear very early in the year. Provides ground-cover; tolerates deep shade. Ribes sanguineum: Height to 2 m; purple-red flowers in hanging clusters in mid to late spring; circular, lobed leaves, white and felty underneath. Fine red cultivars are ‘King Edward VIE, ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ and ‘Splendens’. ‘Carneum’ is rose red; ‘Plenum’ has double red flowers; ‘Brocklebankii’ has yellow foliage and red flowers.

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