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American Currant - Ribes americanum *RPBB*

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The little-branched woody stems of this shrub are erect, ascending, to slightly arching. It blooms for about 3 weeks with 5-15 flowers along the central stalk mid- to late spring. Fertile flowers are replaced by fleshy berries, 1/3" diameter. Currants are usually found in less disturbed habitats in partial shade. The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract bumblebees and other insects. It is a host plant for caterpillars of Polygonia butterflies (Green and Gray Commas), of Dysstroma hersiliata (Orange-Barred Carpet) and of other moths. Both birds and mammals eat the berries of Ribes spp. and help to distribute their seeds. Soil Type: loamy / sandy soil Soil Conditions: Wet Mesic - Mesic Flower Color: yellow Height: 2-4' Light: Part Shade Credits: Photos courtesy of Julia Bunn; Info courtesy of Illinoiswildflowers.info

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