Black Currant - Ribes nigrum


    Shrub to the height of 1 or 1.5 metres. Leaves: Alternate, with fairly long stalks, strong-scented, blade with palmate venation, 3 to 5 lobed, with cordate base, toothed margins, hairless upper surface, and hairy underside covered with yellowish glands. Inconspicuous flowers 8mm across, reddish- or brownish green. Fruit: A black, fleshy berry.

    Similar Species

    Other currants

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland and wet places often close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowering time: May to June.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent as a naturalised escape from cultivation in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as a naturalised escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 45 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map