My Favorite Plant This Week - Red Flowering Currant
Despite growing in woodland areas where dappled shade predominates, it seems happy in full sun conditions. It is planted all along the highway slopes in Salmon Creek, just up the road, and they are a non-demanding, drought-tolerant plant.
Ribes (pronounced rye BEEZ) includes currants and gooseberries. Currants do not have spines and gooseberries do. This particular variety is an ornamental plant and does not produce edible fruit but does have small blue-black berries in late summer that birds like to eat.