Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Red-flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum

About This Species

Zone 5a BC Native

Grow me instead of Butterfly bush

This BC native is a deciduous berry-producing shrub. It thrives in rocky, well-drained soils in sunny locations. In early to mid-spring, drooping clusters of small pink to deep red flowers bloom along the length of the stems. These flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, songbirds, and butterflies. In the fall, the plant produces small edible blue-black berries covered with a thin wax coating. These tart berries make a great jam, syrup and pie.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions