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Ribes hirtellum Michx.
Hairy-stem gooseberry, Hairystem gooseberry, Northern gooseberry
Synonym(s): Grossularia hirtella, Ribes hirtellum var. calcicola, Ribes hirtellum var. saxosum, Ribes oxyacanthoides var. calcicola, Ribes oxyacanthoides var. hirtellum, Ribes oxyacanthoides var. saxosum
USDA Symbol: RIHI
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
, WV Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Lab. to Man., s. to MD, PA,
& in s.e. IA Native Habitat:
Moist, rocky woods; cliffs; bogs & fens
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff