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Ribes lacustre (Prickly currant)
Glase, Terry

Ribes lacustre

Ribes lacustre (Pers.) Poir.

Prickly currant

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Synonym(s): Limnobotrya lacustris, Ribes lacustre var. parvulum, Ribes oxycanthoides var. lacustre


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Thorny shrub.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit: Black, Purple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AK , CA , CO , CT , ID , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NJ , NV , NY , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Alaska and Yukon across Canada east to Newfoundland; south to California and Colorado in the West, and to the Great Lakes and the Appalachians to Virginia in the East.
Native Habitat: Mountain streamsides, wet meadows, forests and woodlands.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Conditions Comments: Not recommended; carries disease which kills white pine.


Use Wildlife: The berries of this plant feed a wide variety of wildlife species, including Grizzly Bears, Elk, and Mountain Goats.
Attracts: Birds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ribes lacustre in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes lacustre in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2013-08-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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