Herb: Nordic Currant

Latin name: Ribes spicatum

Synonyms: Ribes petraeum, Ribes pubescens, Ribes rubrum

Family: Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Edible parts of Nordic Currant:

Fruit - raw or cooked.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Woods on limestone.

Propagation of Nordic Currant:

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 5C and should be sown as early in the year as possible. 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. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Woods on limestone.

Medicinal use of Nordic Currant:

None known

Known hazards of Ribes spicatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.