Pink Flowering currant is a five foot deciduous shrub with long showy
pink flower clusters that cover the plant in January to March. Ribes
sanguineum glutinosum is native to canyons and north slopes in the
coast ranges. This currant likes shade to part shade, moderate water in
interior, very drought tolerant in coastal gardens. Sometimes growing
in deep shade next to a seasonal stream in heavy clay, sometimes on
north slopes. They were surrounded by Bays, Tan Bark Oak, Yerba Buena and Holodiscus.
We've planted them in sand in Cambria and they grew like weeds (eight
foot in a year). They look like they belong in a redwood garden ,Oak Woodland or Evergreen Forest. Pink flowering currant can be successful in a lawn.
This plant looks good enough for a formal landscape. It will survive most garden situations.
We've had one survive here for 23 years with no water in the
shade of a Coast Live Oak. (It finally died of drought in the
Pink Flowering currant is more drought tolerant that most of
the drought resistant' plants of the trade, but in a native garden plant
towards the wettest section of the garden.
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Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding.
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum has color green, is deciduous and has fragrance.
Flower of Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum has color pink.
Fruit of Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum is edible.
Communities for Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum:Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Mixed-evergreen Forest, Riparian (rivers & creeks) and Central Oak Woodland.