Eastern prickly gooseberry
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit: Purple, Red
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes cynosbati in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes cynosbati in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes cynosbati
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff