Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)
When the graceful crimson flowers of red flowering currant are discovered by the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees……we know spring is almost here. This shrub is an important early food source for migrating hummingbirds. Cedar waxwings, jays, towhees and even woodpeckers dine on the sky blue berries with dark blue dots which appear in August. Coyotes, mountain beavers and squirrels also eat the berries. Before the leaves fall to the ground, they wave farewell in shades of vibrant rust, red and gold. Indigenous Peoples sometimes eat the berries fresh, dried, stewed or as a flavor enhancer or fruit leather.