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Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII


Flowering Currant

Aromatic foliage and clusters of drooping red flowers in spring

One of the most loved spring flowering shrubs because it flowers early and is easy to grow. Upright growing shrubs with fat flower buds which can be seen in early spring waiting to burst open with the warmer days. In April and May, clusters of deep reddish pink flowers tumble down the stems emerging with the fresh green leaves. Loved by bees. Autumn leaf tints of yellow and gold are another attraction.


This easy shrub is happiest in a sheltered position in full sun and will grow well in 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

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage 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, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September