|Pink-flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum|
This deciduous California native offers a show of pink pendants that is simply spectacular this time of year. Resident hummingbirds and honeybees benefit from the early flowers that supply a nectar source. The berries that come later in the season are edible, although a bit tart for my palette.
According to Bernstein, Fross & O’Brien in California Native Plants for the Garden, “Currants and gooseberries are an excellent choice for gardeners who want to attract birds. Their shrubby form provides avian shelter, and their small berries appeal to