Red Currant (Ribes rubrum) in the Currants and Gooseberries Database

Botanical names:
Ribes rubrum Accepted
Ribes sativum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Fruit: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Various insects

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  AprilHoney Bees in the Garden: April
By Mindy03 on April 10, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

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Location: My garden, Skåne, SwedenDate: Taken in the spring of 2009The low evening sun creates the glowing effect on the bark seen h
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Location: Metro DetroitDate: 06-2013
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-25
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Date: 2012-02-15Noted as 'Alba'
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Location: Lake Bluff, IlDate: 2012-05-07 New berries...not red yet.
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 2:49 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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