Ribes nigrum   Black Currant I

Ribes nigrum

This introduced shrub produces flowers early and looks a little like Gooseberry without thorns. The distinguishing feature would of course be the fruit but there is another instant indicator and that is the strong smell of the leaves when crushed.

Although introduced Ribes nigrum is such a popular plant for cultivation in gardens and allotments that it has spread to nearly all parts of the British Isles except the most mountainous parts of northern Scotland. In Ireland it is commonest in the north.

Quarry, Cheshire 19th April 2005

Added on 3rd May 2005, updated 17th November 2011

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