Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'

Flowering currant

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Flowering currant is a reliable performer for the spring garden, blooming every year without any special care needed to be given. Choice variety 'King Edward VII' makes a compact, upright plant that drips with dark red flowers. Like all of the flowering currants, it has a pungent scent that is stronger when the foliage is rubbed or brushed against. Plants can be left unpruned, but for the best performance it is worth cutting the branches that have flowered back to a strong pair of buds just after they have bloomed.

Family: Grossulariaceae

Genus: Ribes

Species: sanguineum

Cultivar: King Edward VII

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Flowering period: April to April

Reader reviews


hi got a ribes king edward vii plant , this year it has no buds on the branches, has the winter weather killed it!..i am still giving a drink at nightime and a feed once a week with mircle grown but nothing happening .i have it in a deep pot , it is have shade area..had it about 3 years and flower alright until now....and have a prunes plant in the sun and has1nt flowered for 2 years now !


I also bought a Ribes just under 2 years ago. It has never flowered. Should I cut it right back late summer? Any ideas?

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