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Black Currant

The wild version of the commercially grown shrub. Found occasionally in damp woodlands.


  • Black Currant: the Ribena plant

    Post date: Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 - 00:00

    Anyone who goes berry picking at pick-your-own farms will be familiar with the black currant (Ribes nigrum) bush and most people will know the berry even if they do not know the plant, the berry being the source of Ribena (ribes = current) of course!

    It is easy to forget that this plant does occur naturally in the wild and although the books say its common I have not encountered it that often but then it does have a preference for damp woodland which maybe I have not visited that often. There are occasional bushes elsewhere and these will have been spread by birds taking the berries.

    The red currant is very similar, the black current has larger leaves that are aromatic.


Common Name Black Currant
Scientific Name Ribes nigrum
Species Group Bushes
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Currant family - Grossulariaceae
Status Restricted
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
Preferred Environment
Look for Small pink petals ona green background!
Additional Identification Notes
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