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Ribes odoratum - H.L.Wendl.
                 
Common Name Buffalo Currant
Family Grossulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky bluffs and slopes, also along the sides of streams[235].
Range Central N. America - Saskatchewan and Minnesota, west to the Rockies and south to Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Ribes odoratum Buffalo Currant


Ribes odoratum Buffalo Currant
   
Physical Characteristics
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Ribes odoratum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2.5 m (8ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
R. aureum villosum. DC. R. aureum. non Pursh. R. fragrans. non Pall. R. longiflorum.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Fruit.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 62, 85, 257]. The quality varies from plant to plant, the best forms are sweet and make very pleasant eating[K]. The fruit ripens from late July and can hang on the bush until early autumn[K]. The fruit can also be dried for winter use[183]. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter, though it is larger in some selected cultivars[200]. Flowers - raw. A sweet taste[85]. The leaves can be used to make a tea or as a flavouring in foods[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Antidote.

a poultice of the plant has been applied to snakebites[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Prefers full sun but it is quite tolerant of shade though it does not fruit so well in such a position[11]. Hardy to about -25°c[184]. A very ornamental plant[1]. The flowers are deliciously clove-scented[245]. This species is closely allied to R. aureum[11, 200]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties[183]. The period of fruit ripening is unusually long[183]. The cultivar 'Crandall' has large edible fruits with a tart-sweet flavour that are high in pectin[200]. This species succeeds in regions having hot summers[183]. The fruits can be red, black, yellow, golden or reddish-brown[164]. Plants often produce suckers, especially when growing in damp soils. Plants can harbour a stage of white pine blister rust, so should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at between 0 and 5°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200]. Division of suckers in the dormant season. They can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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