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Ribes cynosbati (Eastern prickly gooseberry)
Smith, R.W.

Ribes cynosbati

Eastern prickly gooseberry

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

USDA Symbol: ricy

USDA Native Status:

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit: Purple, Red
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: W. N.B. & s. ME to Man., s. to w. NC, AL & OK
Native Habitat: Moist, rich, open woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Use Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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 cynosbati in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes cynosbati in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes cynosbati


Record Modified: 2012-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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