Knight's Large Red (Dancer's Red; Fielder's Red; Goliath; Jackson's Mammoth; Knight's Sweet Bed; Palmer's Red; Pitmaston Prolific; Pitmaston Red)

Bunches, large and long, produced in large clusters. Berries, large, bright red, but not so large as those of Red Dutch.

The bush is a vigorous grower, with an erect habit in the shoots, which are quite a foot longer than those of Red Dutch, to which it otherwise bears a close resemblance in the foliage and abundant bearing. Leaves, small, pale green, rather deeply sinuated and somewhat cockled.

Knight's Sweet Red. See Knight's Large Bed.

Lace-Leaved (Large Bed; Large Sweet Bed)

Bunches, long, produced in clusters; but the berries are not so large as those of Red Dutch.

Bush, of dwarf habit, with shoots like those of Red Dutch, having the same vigorous growth, but the plant is more bushy. The leaves dark green, glaucous, and frequently with a delicate white-laced margin. A valuable currant.

La Fertile. See Bed Dutch. La Hâtive. See Bed Dutch. Large Red. See Lace-leaved. Large Sweet Red. See Lace-leaved. La Versaillaise. See Cherry.

Lee's Prolific Black

Bunches, produced in immense numbers, about three inches long. Berries, as large or larger than those of Black Naples, and nearly uniform in size throughout. Skin, quite black. Flesh, tender, sweet, and very richly flavoured.

This is by far the best of all the Black Currants. It is a great bearer, and the fruit does not drop so readily as that of the other varieties.

It was raised by Mr. George Lee, a market gardener, of Clevedon, in Somerset, and it received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1869.

Long-Bunched Red (Wilmot's Long-bunched Bed)

Bunches, very long, sometimes measuring six inches and a half. Berries, large, and of a deep red colour. A decided improvement on Red Dutch, and differs also in being somewhat later. It is not unlike Raby Castle.

Mallow-Leaved (New Sweet Bed)

Bunches, long. Berries, small, pale red.

Bush, of vigorous growth, with tall, slender, very pale shoots. Leaves, shaped like those of the Mallow, large, very pale, soft and downy.

This is a very distinct, strong-growing, late variety.

May's Victoria. See Baby Castle. Morgan's White. See White Dutch. New Black. See Black Naples. New White Dutch. See White Dutch.

Ogden's Black (Black Grape)

This is not so large as Black Naples, but considerably better in every respect than the Common Black.

The bush is hardier than that of Black Naples.

Orangefield. See Houghton Castle. Palmer's Red. See Knight's Large Bed. Pitmaston Prolific. See Knight's Large Bed.

Pitmaston Red. See Knight's Large Red. Pheasant's Eye. See Champagne. Queen Victoria. See Red Dutch.

Raby Castle (Gondouin; Imperiale Rouge de Hollande à Grappes Longues; Mays Victoria)

Bunches, very long, more so than those of Red Dutch. Berries, larger, brighter red, and rather more acid.

The bush has a rapid and unusually tall habit of growth. Shoots, reddish brown. Leaves, shining above, dark bluish green, very rugose, and darker than those of any other variety. Flowers tinged with red.

This is a valuable currant; the fruit ripens later, and hangs longer than that of any other variety; but it is not an abundant bearer, and on account of its strong, vigorous growth, Mr. Barron recommends it as very suitable for growing as standards or large bushes.

Red Dutch (Belle de St. Gilles; Chenonceaux; Fertile; Fertile d'Angleterre; Fertile de Bertin; Fertile de Palluau; Grosse Rouge de Boulogne; Hâtive de Bertin; La Hâtive; Queen Victoria; Red Grape)

Bunches from two to three inches long. Berries, large, deep red, with a subdued acidity.

Bush, dwarf, moderately robust. Shoots, pale ashy grey, tinged with brown; brittle at the joints, and in consequence frequently blown off by the wind. Leaves, glaucous when young.

A remarkably fine currant, of dwarf, vigorous habit, and an excellent bearer.

Red Cherry. See Cherry. Red Grape. See Red Dutch.

Variegated Red

This is the common Red Currant, with variegated leaves.

Verriers Rouge

A dwarf form of Raby Castle, and an equally bad bearer.

Victoria. See Gondouin.

White Crystal. See White Dutch.

White Dutch (New White Dutch; Jeeves's White; Morgan's White; White Crystal; White Leghorn; White Grape)

The bunches and berries are of the same size as the Red Dutch; but the berries are yellowish white, and the skin somewhat transparent. The fruit is very much sweeter, and more agreeable to eat, than the Red variety. It is, therefore, preferred in the dessert and for wine-making.

White Grape. See White Dutch. White Leghorn. See White Dutch,

Wilmot's Large White (Blanche d'Angleterre)

Bunches, medium sized. Berries, large, white. Bush, upright in growth. Leaves, large and flat. A good bearer.

Wilmot's Long-bunched Red. See Long-hunched Red.

List Of Select Currants

Those marked with an asterisk * are for small gardens.


*Black Champion Black Naples *Lee's Prolific Black


Houghton Castle

Knight's Large Red *Raby Castle *Red Dutch


*White Dutch.