E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Ribes sanguineum Pursh var. sanguineum
red-flowering currant (redflower currant)
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Ribes sanguineum var. sanguineum
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Species Information

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Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 1-3 m tall; stems erect, finely hairy, unarmed; bark brownish to reddish-brown.
Alternate, broadly kidney-shaped or rounded, shallowly heart-shaped at the base, 2-7 cm wide, equally to irregularly 5-lobed nearly half their length, the lobes rounded, shallowly 2-3 toothed, glabrous above, finely hairy below; stalks equal to or slightly shorter than the blades, finely hairy and sometimes glandular.
Inflorescence of 5-30 flowers in a spreading raceme equal to or longer than the leaves; flower stalks 1-5 mm long, jointed below the flowers, glandular; petals light to dark rose, rarely white, egg-shaped, 2.5-3.5 mm long; hypanthium nearly tubular to slightly bell-shaped, 3-5 mm long; calyces pale to deep rose, finely hairy and stalked-glandular; styles fused and glabrous, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, round, blue-black, glaucous, 6-9 mm long, usually stalked-glandular.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry forests and rock outcrops in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in SW and SE BC north to 52degreeN; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool mesothermal.

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