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Ribes sanguineum Pulborough Scarlet


Flowering Currant

Smothered in dark red clusters of flowers from April

A picture in late spring and early summer when this upright shrub is festooned with a foaming mass of pink/red flower clusters, beginning as the fresh green leaves emerge. Bees love the blooms. Yellow autumn leaf colours are another feature on this easy to grow plant.


A large shrub so give it plenty of room at the back of a border in full sun 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 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
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 Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September