Ribes Cereum (Wax Currant)


“Wax Current grows 3-5 ft. tall and equally as wide and is incredibly fragrant with a delightful “”spicy”” scent.

This easy to grow shrub does well in Sun to Part Shade but does best in full sun. This variety of Ribes is native to the Western United States and grows in a variety of habitat types ranging from alpine fell-fields, open subalpine forest, dry, rocky slopes, edges of meadows, montane chaparral, and pine forest margins. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types but prefers sandy, rocky, or loamy soil with good drainage. With a cold hardiness level of zone 5, this low water-use, drought-tolerant shrub is a great addition to any yard or garden.

This ornamental plant has cherry-like bark and tidy, light-green foliage that turns yellow in fall. Its clusters of light-pink, bell-shaped flowers give way to bright-red, fuzzy, feather duster-like currants. Its bright red berries can even be picked, sweetened, and used in pies and preserves! (Some Native tribes used the fruit to make pemmican or other traditional foods.)

However, Wax Current’s real accolade is wildlife partnership. The edible berries are loved birds, its flowers attract butterflies, moths, and honey bees, and its shrub properties double as a refuge for a variety of wildlife.”

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Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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