Irish wildflowers


Photos: The Gearagh, Co.Cork

Flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum
Cuirín
Family: Grossulariaceae

Flowering: March-April. Deciduous shrub. Garden escape.

Drooping racemes of pink flowers with slight cat-like scent.
Leaves have glands which produce tom-cat smell when crushed.
More/less hairless, 3-5 lobed. Small blue-black fruit, inedible. Height: 1-2m.

Hedgebanks, woods, roadsides. Garden escape. Introduced.

Similar: Red Currant, Black Currant.
Also introduced garden escapes.
     
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