Featured Plant

Red Flowering Currant

Red Flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum

Looking for something new to plant in your garden? This flowering ornamental shrub is happy where there are sunny forest openings and edges, along streams throughout the Pacific Northwest and from the coast to mountain tops. The spring flowers are food for the bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds and the berries are a native food for both humans and wildlife, such as birds. Native Americans, foragers and sustainable gardeners value this plant as food using the berries both fresh and dried. How about tasting the flowers? Uses: After rinsing, scatter flowers on salads, pickle flowers or make a syrup. (Syrup – infuse 1 cup of flowers into a 1:1 sugar-water syrup by gently heating. Don’t boil. Drain the flower pieces. Cool in sterilized jars. Keeps in fridge for a couple of weeks. Pour on puddings or add to your favorite sparkling water)