Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Red Currant - Ribes rubrum   L.
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DistributionMountains only -- collected as an escape only from Alleghany and Ashe counties. A third collection is from Buncombe County, but lacks label data, so could have been cultivated.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southern Canada and northern U.S., south to NC and TN.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadside woods margin, sand and gravel bar along stream.
PhenologyFlowering April-June; fruiting June-August.
IdentificationRed Currant is our only currant with bright red berries. The flowers occur in a raceme, the petals pinkish to creamy. The stems lack spines at the nodes.
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State RankSE
Global RankG4G5
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