The genus Ribes is comprised of 150 species of mostly deciduous shrubs from woodland, scrub, and rocky areas of northern temperate regions and South America. Some species are grown for their edible fruit, but many others are cultivated for their flowers. Leaves are alternate and lobed; flowers are small, tubular, and cup- or bell-shaped with spreading sepals. Round or ovoid berries follow and can be red, black, green, or white. Grow Ribes in a shrub border, in a vegetable garden, or as hedging.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsGenus includes blackcurrant, redcurrant, and gooseberry.
CareMost grow best in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Trim hedges after flowering.
PropagationEvergreen species can be propagated from semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer, while deciduous species can be started from hardwood cuttings in winter.
ProblemsAphids, caterpillars, scale insects, dieback, downy mildew, anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, white heart rot, Septoria leaf spot.