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Ribes hirtellum Michx.
Hairy-stem gooseberry, Hairystem gooseberry, Northern gooseberry
USDA Symbol: RIHI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A shrubby plant 2-4 ft. tall. Branches have no prickles or very short, slender ones. The palmately lobed leaves are either smooth or softly hairy. Flowers, occuring in small clusters, are greenish-white to pink and are followed by purple berries.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Black, Blue Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
CT , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI , WV Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Lab. to Man., s. to MD, PA, n. IL & in s.e. IA Native Habitat:
Moist, rocky woods; cliffs; bogs & fens USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not recommended; carries disease which kills white pine.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff