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Rossendale Free Press - - Leisure -

Ribes specio­sum THE flow­er­ing cur­rant Ribes san­guineum is a fa­mil­iar sight in many gar­dens – a re­li­able foot soldier of hedges and shrub­beries.

It does how­ever have a lesser known cousin, Ribes specio­sum, which de­serves to be planted more widely.

Its scar­let flow­ers look a lit­tle like fuch­sia, hence its com­mon name the fuch­sia-flow­ered cur­rant.

It’s very thorny, sim­i­lar to goose­berry, so han­dle with care or use as a bur­glar-de­ter­rent plant.

It’s beau­ti­ful trained against a south-fac­ing wall where you can ad­mire its ser­ried ranks of scar­let flow­ers, and it will ap­pre­ci­ate the shel­ter and warmth.

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