Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Ribes odoratum Wendl.f.

A spineless, erect, deciduous shrub with ovate, 3- to 5-lobed leaves, to 8cm long, turning red and purple in autumn, and pendant racemes of tubular, fragrant yellow flowers, to 5cm long, in spring, followed by spherical black fruit, to 1cm across.  To 2m.  [Hilliers’, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

No specific data but Ribes aureum Pursh, which see, and Ribes odoratum Wendl.f. may well be geographic forms of the same species, Ribes odoratum occurring to the east of the Rockies and Ribes aureum to the west.  Hilliers’ Manual comments that Ribes odoratum was ‘for long cultivated in gardens as R. aureum, which is a rarer, less ornamental species with smaller flowers.’

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.829/1843].  A more likely identification of Macarthur’s ‘Ribes aureum’ is Ribes aureum Pursh which see.


Published Mar 25, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Last updated Mar 27, 2010 - 04:24 PM

Family Grossulariaceae
Region of origin

Central USA

  • Chrysobotrya odorata Cockerell
  • Coreosma odorata Nieuwl.
Common Name

Missouri currant, Clove currant

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ribes aureum - Golden flowered currant

Confidence level low