What’s blooming in my yard? Golden currant

By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Plant name: Golden currant (Ribes odoratum, also known as Ribes aureum)

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.

Why I chose this plant: I love yellow, it is the host for at least 92 species of lepidoptra (butterflies and moths), and is a Missouri Botanical Garden (MoBot) Plant of Merit.

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.

Favorite referencesIllinois Wildflowers website and MoBot plant profile.

Available to purchase: Missouri Wildflower Nursery

5 thoughts on “What’s blooming in my yard? Golden currant

  1. Mine is blooming, too, and I saw a yellow butterfly nearby yesterday, though it wasn’t actually on the golden current. Bloodroot is also in bloom. Bluebells are almost there.

    • Hi Ed,
      Great to hear from you! If you want to do a post on bloodroot, I am happy to add that to our blog. 🙂 Just follow the format above and email it to me with a photo or two! Kathy Bildner is writing one on bluebells when they bloom.

  2. How do I post “what’s blooming”? Do I just write up using your format and send it to you? Can I post it directly, using your format?

    • Hi Prem, just follow the same format and email it to Marcia Myers with a photo or two, if you have them, and she’ll be able to post. We’d love to see what is happening in your yard!

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