Ribes sanguineum

Ribes, Ribes currant? Yes, but I do not recommend it for its fruits, but for its flowers.

Years ago I found a plant of pink flowers, at the door of some houses, in a small space that in theory should be a public garden, which never landscaped. There had only planted a couple of trees and a bush of striking flowers.

As you suppose I could not resist. I went to see what species it was, the leaves were currant, but the flowers did not fit … maybe an ornamental variety? Searching in books and online I discovered the species in question. Ribes sanguineum.

This North American species of the Saxifragaceae family, little used in my region, if it is common or at least not so rare in other parts of Europe. Since for example in Belgium, I have been able to observe, this spring of 2019, several of these shrubs in public and private gardens of Ghent, Bruges or Brussels.

It is a deciduous plant, it is a lobed leaf (3-5 lobes). The bearing is globose, being able to reach heights of about 2-2,5m.

The most interesting thing about this plant, as far as gardening is concerned, are its hanging bunches of intense pink flowers that appear in spring and endure coloring the bush for a few weeks, it is a crowded bloom and not staggered in many months. Like the other species of currants, the flowers will give rise to the fruits, although from what I have consulted, in this species the crops are irregular and the fruits rather tasteless (better leave them to the birds in the garden).

It is a plant tolerant to various types of soil, it needs moisture without waterlogging. Cold-resistant Tolerates the sun in areas that are not excessively hot, in case of planting it in areas with very hot weather, it will appreciate a semi-shade that prevents damage … it can accuse the high temperatures and the strong sun rays a little.

In general, it is a plant that attracts attention both forming a monospecific hedge, isolated, two specimens that make the passage from one area to another in the garden … I find it interesting to create combinations of species and create a “monochromatic” space. And for my taste, the best option is to use it in informal hedges of multiple species will give a good result in the garden (being able to combine species to have the color of flowers, fruits, stems … striking throughout the year in the same hedge)

It does not require pruning, unless we are uncontrolled, so as not to damage the flowering it is recommended after losing the flowers.

Like almost all of these species, it is easy to reproduce by killing or cutting.

Until next week!

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