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Ribes sanguineum Elkington's White


Flowering Currant

Unusual white flowered variety

An upright growing shrub which looks its best in spring. The greenish white flowers are borne from fat green buds and open to drooping clusters in April and May. They turn pure white as they mature and are followed by black berries.


An upright growing shrub ideal for the back of a border in sun or part shade and any garden soil.


Water well after planting and occasionally during prolonged dry weather. Once your plant has been growing for several years, some of the old wood can be removed in early summer to encourage new shoots.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 160 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 160 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September