In late winter or early spring, Ribes laurifolium produces charming cascades of green-tinted, bell-shaped, cream flowers that are doubly enchanting because they are also sweetly scented. These flowers are especially attractive against the dark, evergreen leaves that resemble laurel leaves (hence the name) rather than conventional ribes foliage. If a female plant, the flowers will develop red fruits which ripen to black and are attractive to native birds.
This small evergreen shrub has a spreading habit that once established, becomes a mound of lovely deep green leaves, which offers excellent ground cover in a sheltered border.
Pot size: 3L
Common Name: Laurel leaved currant
Height and Spread: 50cm x 1.5cm, in 5–10 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained soil
Position: Full sun / partial shade, sheltered
Flowering Period: Feb – March
Care: Avoid waterlogging in winter, prune any crossing branches. Takes a little time to establish.