By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Description: Height: 4-6 ft, width: 6-10 ft
This plant is an open shrub with small, beautiful yellow trumpet-shaped blooms in spring. It smells like cloves when blooming, giving it an alternate common name of Clove currant. Fall foliage is a beautiful dark red. Can produce suckers.
Visitors: This plant blooms very early in spring and I have yet to catch a visitor this year. The flowers offer nectar and pollen to visitors, which could include hummingbirds, bumblebees, and other long-tongued bees. The summer fruit is attractive to birds, including the American robin, brown thrasher, catbird, and cedar waxwing,
Environment: Golden currant is happiest in full sun to part shade and dry to average soil. It will tolerate clay soil. Fewer flowers and fruits may result from too much shade.
Available to purchase: Missouri Wildflower Nursery