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Ribes amarum

Ribes amarum McClatchie

Bitter Gooseberry

Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Synonym(s): Grossularia amara, Ribes amarum var. hoffmannii, Ribes mariposanum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Purple.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Chaparral, montane coniferous forest.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ribes amarum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes amarum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes amarum


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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