Ribes missouriense Nutt.
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
Synonym(s): Grossularia missouriensis, Ribes missouriense var. ozarkanum
USDA Symbol: rimi
A small, upright shrub, 4-6 ft. tall with exfoliating, red-brown bark and many stout spines and bristles. Round lobed leaves change from yellow-orange to red then purple in the fall. Flower is a greenish-white, trumpet-shaped, occurs in groups, and is followed by a small purplish black berry.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AR , CT , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MD , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NJ , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: NJ to ND, s. to TN & KS
Native Habitat: Open woods; thickets; fence rows; rocky hillsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Variable.
Conditions Comments: Gooseberry fruit is edible and used in jams and pies.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ribes missouriense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes missouriense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes missouriense
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff