- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: white, occasionally pink-tinted flowers
- Other features: the flowers are followed by lustrous, large, black fruits like blackcurrants, useful for making a vitamin-rich jam
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Said to contain three times as many antioxidants as blueberries, these dark purple-red berries, which can be harvested in autumn, have a tart flavour when eaten raw, but are delicious when cooked and used in compotes, summer puddings and jams.
- Garden care: Each year in February or March remove one in three of the older stems of established specimens.