Flowering Currant - Ribes sanguineum


    The flowers are pinky red and pendulous forming showy attractive clusters. The plant is highly scented.

    Similar Species

    other currants - similar to red and black currants when not in flower.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves scented. Unmistakable in flower

    Recording advice

    Photos of flowers/fruit and foliage


    Usually as an escapee from gardens and found close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers in April.

    Life History

    Deciduous - its flowers appearing before the leaves.

    UK Status

    Widespread records from across Britain as an escapee from cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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