Sweet: Spring treat for hummingbirds and butterflies

Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

This beautiful shrub is a magnet for butterflies and hummers. In the garden, it grows 8-10 feet and thrives in sun to partial shade.

Requiring little care, this native gives both beautiful flowers and black fruit–both in high demand by your favorite hummingbirds. A must for the butterfly garden. Cut blooming branches for bouquets in April to June. Leaves are small enough that they can lie where they fall in the autumn, making mulch for neighbor plants.

Originating right here in the northwest, this shrub was introduced to gardeners on the continent by David Douglas, a prominent plant hunter. (Information cut from: http://www.nwplants.com/business/catalog/rib_san.html)

Weekly Photo Challenge: 02-14-18 “Sweet

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