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Ribes oxyacanthoides (Canadian gooseberry)
Weyand, Phyllis

Ribes oxyacanthoides

Ribes oxyacanthoides L.

Canadian Gooseberry

Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)


USDA Symbol: riox

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Autumn Foliage: yes

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NV , OH , OR , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NT , NU , ON , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Forest Edge,Rocky Bluff,Lakeshores

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 oxyacanthoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes oxyacanthoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes oxyacanthoides


Record Modified: 2023-01-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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