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Swamp Black Currant

Scientific name

Ribes lacustre


The Swamp Black Currant is a deciduous shrub that grows about 1.5 m tall. This shrub has small, sharp prickles covering reddish-brown branches. The leaves are maple-like, 4 cm long, have 3-5 deeply cut lobes, and have coarsely toothed margins. The flowers are greenish-purple, saucer-like, appear in drooping clusters of 6-15, and bloom between May and June. These flowers produces black, shiny, and edible berries in August. The fruit is beneficial for wildlife species, including birds and small mammals.

Planting conditions

Swamp Black Currant grows best in moist to wet conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, organically rich loam or sandy soil types. It can tolerate both acidic and alkaline pH levels. It is moderately shade tolerant but will grow taller and produce more fruit with increased sunlight. It can be found in moist forests, around swamps, and along rocky shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1a
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 1.5 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m