Ribes aureum

Buffalo Currant, Clove Currant, Golden Currant, Missouri Currant

  • Ribes aureum

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

Looking for a drought-tolerant, native plant for your garden or landscaping project? Look no further than Ribes aureum, also known as the golden currant, clove currant, pruterberry, or buffalo currant. This small to medium-sized deciduous shrub is native to Canada, most of the United States (except the southeast), and northern Mexico. In the spring, it produces racemes of golden-yellow flowers with a spicy fragrance reminiscent of cloves or vanilla. These flowers are edible, as are the shrub's berries, which range from yellow to red to black when ripe. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and is often used in jellies, sauces, and pies. Ribes aureum is also an excellent choice for landscaping projects, as it is drought-tolerant and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. Named cultivars have been introduced as well, making it easy to select the best-performing plant for your region. Additionally, Ribes aureum has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by various Native American groups. Finally, golden currant is a low-maintenance plant that can be easily grown in most soil types and is resistant to many pests and diseases. Whether you are a gardener or landscaper, Ribes aureum is an excellent choice for adding some native, drought-tolerant beauty to your yard.

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