NAME: Wax Currant
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Western Red Currant / Waxy Currant / Squaw Currant
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ribes Cereum
COLOR: Pink Flowers / Red Fruit
PLANT SEEDS: Fall sow seeds or cold stratify
BLOOM TIME: Flowers Apr - July
HARVEST: Fruit July - Aug
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 10
PLANT HEIGHT: 60 - 72"
PLANT SPACING: 36 - 48"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average
QUANTITY: 20 Seeds
OTHER: The Wax Currant is an ornamental shrub with edible fruit. Ribes Cereum is native to western North America, & has spicy fragrant foliage. It flowers in clusters of curling tube shaped pink & white blooms that attract butterflies & HUMMINGBIRDS. The flowers are edible, & have a sweet taste! This gourmet delicacy can be used as a desert or salad topping.
The fruit is a berry called a Currant, & currants are about the same size as a blueberry. The fruit of the Wax Currant is red. Currants can be eaten raw, made into jams & pies, or dried & stored for later use.
These shrubs tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions including sand or clay or drought. They are a good choice for erosion control. The Currant Shrub also provides habitat for woodland creatures, & birds & other small animals will enjoy eating the seeds if you decide to share some. The red berries do look stunning against the lovely yellow fall leaves!
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Jul 20, 2018
Well packaged and clear planting instructions included. Thank you!
Jun 5, 2018
Beautiful, as described. Fast shipping. Happy with purchase.