Plant Data Sheet


photo of Ribes aureum

Species (common name, Latin name)

Golden Currant, ribes aureum



East slope of the Cascades, north Central Washington to California east to the east side of the Rocky Mountains, Saskatchewan and South Dakota to New Mexico


Climate, elevation

Golden currant grows on fine- to course-textured loam soil at elevations up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m).


Local occurrence (where, how common)

East slope of the Cascades, north Central Washington


Habitat preferences

Streambanks and washes in grassland or sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest



Plant strategy type/successional stage (stress-tolerator, competitor, weedy/colonizer, seral, late successional)

Golden currant can be used to revegetate roadsides and disturbed areas


Associated species

Ribes aureum gracillimum, Ribes cereum, Ribes sp., Ribes viscosissimum


May be collected as: (seed, layered, divisions, etc.)

Seed, cuttings semi-hardwood simple layering and transplanted.


Collection restrictions or guidelines

Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle


Seed germination (needs dormancy breaking?)

Seed germination is generally enhanced by scarification. About 63 percent germination was obtained in the laboratory by stratifying golden currant seeds at 28 and 36 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.2 and 2.2 deg C) for 60 days without scarification


Seed life (can be stored, short shelf-life, long shelf-life)

Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more


Recommended seed storage conditions

Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at -2 to +2c and should be sown as early in the year as possible



Propagation recommendations (plant seeds, vegetative parts, cuttings, etc.)

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Very tolerant of being transplanted. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. 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



Soil or medium requirements (inoculum necessary?)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)


Installation form (form, potential for successful outcomes, cost)

Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and Grow seeds in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year


Recommended planting density

Adequate space for a decidious shrub growing to 2.4m. Space plants 3 to 4 feet apart in rows 6 to 8 feet apart





Care requirements after installed (water weekly, water once etc.)

Sun or partial sun, remove flower blossoms from plants in the first year to encourage plant establishment and growth for future years. Give some afternoon shade here, amended soil and regular summer water. Also give adequate drainage.



Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan

Golden currant reproduces vegetatively by rhizomes; it sprouts

after cutting and fire. Plants can also be grown from cuttings



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Data compiled by (student name and date)

Steven Campbell 4-12-06