Deciduous shrubs; the best known speciesmagni-ficently in spring.
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.
Undemanding as regards soil.
Very easy, fromin winter.
alpinum, alpine currant: Height to 2 m; insignificant, yellow-green in mid to late spring; the deeply incised appear very early in the year. Provides ground-cover; tolerates deep shade. sanguineum: Height to 2 m; purple-red flowers in hanging clusters in mid to late spring; circular, lobed , 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.