Not only is this gorgeous specimen native to Oregon, they are one of the glories of the early spring garden. Their cascades of brightly-colored flowers and soft green, scalloped leaves are followed by dark blue berries in the summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies use the early spring nectar; leaves provide forage for the larvae of moths and butterflies. Branches provide a nesting habitat for songbirds and cover for small mammals.
Although the most floriferous display will be reached in full sun, they will perform well in dappled shade. Ribes sanguinem will grow in a variety of soils but does require good drainage; if you plant in clay (you know the drill), place it on a mound or along a slope. Being a native plant, they are used to dry summers and wet winters, and will do best if you can mimic those conditions in your garden.
Flowers: March through June