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Ribes bracteosum - Douglas. ex Hook.

Common Name Stink Currant
Family Grossulariaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Stream banks and moist woods, especially by seepages[60].
Range South-western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Ribes bracteosum Stink Currant


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Ribes bracteosum Stink Currant
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ribes bracteosum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 85, 101, 118]. Not very palatable[200]. The fruit can cause stomach upsets if eaten in large quantities[257]. The fruit has a mild blackcurrant flavour, though it is not so juicy, has a mealy texture and a slight bitterness[K]. It ripens in September and is acceptable in small quantities raw[K], it can also be used in pies, preserves etc and makes an excellent jam[177, 183, 257]. It can be dried and stored for winter use[177, 183]. Native North American Indians considered the fruit to be constipating and so would eat it with oil[256]. The fruit is about 5mm in diameter[200], it is produced on long racemes, making it much easier to harvest than most currants[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Laxative  Miscellany

The fruits can be eaten in quantity as a laxative[257]. An infusion of the stems has been given to children as a treatment for colds[257].

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Other Uses

Miscellany  Needles

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Requires a sunny position[11]. Hardy to about -20°c[200]. Plants can harbour a stage of 'white pine blister rust', so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200]. The fruit is produced on long sprigs and is therefore easier to harvest[119]. It is being used in modern breeding programmes for blackcurrants[119].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at 2 to 5°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].

Other Names

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NORTHERN AMERICA: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Alaska (southeast), Oregon, Washington, California (northwest))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Douglas. ex Hook.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

Sean   Mon Sep 14 2009

The ones I pick in Vancouver Washington actually grow on a short tree with some vines at the base. Taste is between a plum and peach but not as sweat or juicy. No stomach problems but only have eaten about 3 at a time. Ripened and picked in September.

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