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Ribes cynosbati L.
Eastern prickly gooseberry
Synonym(s): Grossularia cynosbati, Ribes cynosbati var. atrox, Ribes cynosbati var. glabratum, Ribes cynosbati var. inerme, Ribes huronense
USDA Symbol: ricy
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The spreading branches of this erect, 2-5 ft. shrub may be prickly or smooth; both occuring on the same plant. The purplish berry is always bristly. The palmately lobed leaves and their petioles are hairy. Small whitish flowers occur in small clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Purple, Red Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
W. N.B. & s. ME
to Man., s. to w. NC, AL
& OK Native Habitat:
Moist, rich, open woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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: 2012-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff