Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Ribes aureum var. aureum (Golden Currant)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Rosales

Family

 Grossulariaceae Currant family

Genus

 Ribes L. currant

Species

 Ribes aureum Pursh golden currant

Variety

 Ribes aureum Pursh var. aureum golden currant

An attractive, deciduous shrub, Golden Currant grows vigorously from 3-10.'

Spicy, golden-yellow flowers from February to April on tall, wand-like stems are sought by hummingbirds.

Birds like the edible black fruits that ripen in mid-July, as do many jam connoisseurs.

Fine for native gardens, this currant is at home in much of North America, except the extreme southern and eastern states. It is hardy in USDA zones 2-10 and is highly tolerant of drought.

For a short comparison of northwest native currants, click here.

      
 

Photo from Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants, http://prescottnatives.com/SpeciesDetail.php?genus=Ribes&species=aureum

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