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FLOWERING CURRANT

Ribes sanguineum

Currant Family [Grossulariaceae]

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Berries: berryZpossible        berryZpurple berryZblack  (with white-bloom, 6-10mm, edible but insipid)
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14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
A very popular garden shrub growing to 2.5m that occasionally escapes into the wild by courtesy of being bird-sown.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves an attractive mid-green and palmately lobed with radiant wrinkles.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers hang pendant in loose racemes. En-masse they emanate a pleasant aroma.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaf lobes are blunt and number three to five. Radiant veins lie almost parallel to the main veins.


10th March 2014, Bispham Green, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Colour of flowers is pinkish, with whitish parts. Some plants have red flowers, but rarely all-white.


10th March 2014, Bispham Green, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves and flowers form together in early spring. Un-opened flower buds hang loose.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
They have five cusped petals that eventually splay out at right-angles, and five inner petals that form a tube.


10th March 2014, Bispham Green, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The outer petals are usually a deeper shade than the inner petals. Outer ones also parallel-striped.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Inner flower has five stamens with anthers that keep near the outside edge, and a central style.


30th March 2009, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The inner petals exposed as paddle-like.


14th May 2014, Pole Lane, Mellor, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves 3-10cm across and with rounded lobes somewhat similar to those of Common Mallow. The undersides are downy hairy. When crushed the leaves smell aromatic.


19th April 2008, Caldon Canal, Stafforshire. Photo: © RWD
A deep-red garden variety.


23rd March 2016, a garden, Cresswell, South Yorks. Photo: © RWD
The stems are covered in translucent glandular hairs and much finer 'white' hairs which are appressed to the stem and far from straight.


23rd March 2016, a garden, Cresswell, South Yorks. Photo: © RWD
The above in closer-up. The tips of the glandular hairs are translucent pale yellow, the stems either clear or faint reddish.


23rd March 2016, a garden, Cresswell, South Yorks. Photo: © RWD
A pink garden variety.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : Pendant racemes of pinkish hairy flowers and mid-green palmately-lobed leaves with rounded lobes.

No relation to : Flowering-Rush (Butomus umbellatus) [a plant with similar name but which grows in water and belongs to a totally different family].

A deciduous garden shrub with many cultivars. It is not native but was introduced and is now naturalised in the wild, into woods, scrub and pollarded willows, although it seems not that often around here. Many cultivars may be sterile? It grows to 2.5m high and is both bird-sown and self-sown from the seeds contained within the purplish-black berries which have a whitish bloom. The flowers are pleasantly scented; the leaves too if crushed, a feature that distinguishes it from many similar Ribes genera plants except Black Currant which has larger berries (and from which Ribena cordial is made).


  Ribes sanguineum  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Grossulariaceae  

Distribution
 family8Currant family8Grossulariaceae

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Ribes
(Gooseberries)

FLOWERING CURRANT

Ribes sanguineum

Currant Family [Grossulariaceae]