Flowering Currant

  • Irish name: Cuirín

  • Scientific name: Ribes Sanguineum

The Flowering currant is a deciduous shrub that was brought back from North America, where it is a native. The pretty pink flowers are borne in drooping bunches and they bloom from March to May. The dark purple berries are bitter tasting, hence the name “Ribas”, from Arabic, meaning acid tasting. Birds and insects love the flowers. It is a great source of nectar and pollen.