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Ribes triste - Pall.

Common Name American Red Currant, Red currant
Family Grossulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Bogs and cool wet woods[11, 43].
Range N. Europe to Northern N. America - Newfoundland to Alaska, south to New Jersey, Michigan and Oregon.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ribes triste American Red Currant, Red currant


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Ribes triste American Red Currant, Red currant
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ribes triste is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 2. 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 can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[74, 85, 101, 177, 257]. A rather tart flavour[K], it is usually cooked in pies, preserves etc[183]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[257]. The fruit is similar to the garden red currant[183] and contains rather a lot of seeds[K]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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Emmenagogue  Lithontripic  Ophthalmic

A decoction of the stems, without the bark, has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257]. A decoction of the root and stem has been used in the treatment of gravel[257]. A compound decoction of the stems has been used as an emmenagogue[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Plants are quite tolerant of shade though do not fruit so well in such a position[11]. Hardy to about -20°c[200]. This species is closely related to R. rubrum[11]. 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]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is multistemmed with multiple stems from the crown [1-2].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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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 between 0 and 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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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Alaska, Asia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, North America, Russia, USA,

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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