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Ribes rotundifolium

Ribes rotundifolium Michx.

Appalachian Gooseberry, Round-leaf Currant, Wild Gooseberry

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Synonym(s): Grossularia rotundifolia, Ribes stamineum, Ribes triflorum

USDA Symbol: RIRO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A much-branched, 3-5 ft. shrub with broadly rounded, palmately lobed leaves. The stems are firm with small spines at the nodes and bristly internodes. Small, tubular flowers occur in clusters and are green, sometimes tinged with red. A many-seeded berry follows.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Purple or greenish
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: CT , DC , MA , MD , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: CT & NY, s. to NC & e. TN
Native Habitat: Rocky, upland woods; open mt. slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rich, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Use Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds.
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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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