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Ribes lacustre

Prickly Currant

Main interest:
native, edible black fruits loved by birds and deers
partial to full shade
Soil humidity:
moist to wet soil
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
April to May
USDA Hardiness:
zone 3a: -40 °C (-40 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 5 ft (1.5 m) width: 3 ft (0.9 m)
shade garden, fruit production, renaturalization, low hedge, foundation

Prickly Currant is a native species producing dark purple berries. Also called Ribes Lacustre this describes its natural growing conditions as Lacustre means, “found in lakes”. This hermaphrodite plant thrives in wetlands but can also grow well in medium moist soils. The medium sized shrub is commonly found in full to partial shade location. The fruit produced can be made into sauces, jams, and preserves and are a yummy treat for birds and deer.

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Synonym(s): Limnobotrya lacustris, Ribes lacustre var. lacustre, Ribes oxycanthoides var. lacustre

Also known as: Prickly Black Currant, Black Swamp Gooseberry, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Bristly Currant, Black Swamp Currant

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