Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Plant Guide

Ribes sanguineum glutinosum

Common Name
Pink - Flowered Current
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Shrub
Size
4' - 12' x 4' - 12'
Flower Color
Pink
Bloom Time
  • Fall
Leaves
Green
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Occasionally Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

R. sanguineum glutinosum is one of the showier Ribes. It has long clusters of pink flowers which bloom in the spring. It can be used in a habitat garden, as a foundation plant or naturized under oaks.

Plant slightly above soil grade in native soils. Add a little aged compost if you have clay soil for better drainage. It does best with slightly acidic to neutral soil pH's. Roots are shallow and fiberous so make usre you add a thick mulch to the surface soil to help keep moisture in the soil below. Can be planted in full sun near the coast but in hotter areas of Marin it will need partial shade in the afternoon. Needs no amendments or fertilizer. Fairly drought tolerant once established but does best with some summer water.

Hummingbirds, native bees, honey bees amd beneficial insects enjoy the nectar from this plant. Birds also enjoy the edible berries latter in the summer.

Fungal diseases may be a problem if planted in poorly drained soil or in a location that has poor air circulation.

Master Gardener Comments
Varietals

R. sanguineum 'Claremont' - pink flowers

R. sanguineum 'White Icicle' - white flowers

R. sanguineum 'King Edward VIII - red flowers

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