Grossulariaceae
Ribes bracteosum

Stink Currant

Erect shrub with long upright clusters of white flowers. Stems thornless, sparsely hairy. Leaf 2–7 in. across, palmately divided, with 5–7 lobes; top surface shiny; lower surface with yellow glands. Skunky-smelling. Inflorescence consists of 20–50 flowers in upright spike 6–12 in. long. Flower saucer-shaped, with green sepals and white petals. Fruit bluish black with bluish waxy powder. Grows in moist to wet places along streams, in thickets and woods, below 4500 ft., mostly west of Cascade Mountain crest.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--9 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes