Ribes rotundifolium Michx.
Appalachian Gooseberry, Round-leaf Currant, Wild Gooseberry
Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
Synonym(s): Grossularia rotundifolia, Ribes stamineum, Ribes triflorum
USDA Symbol: riro2
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Purple or greenish
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rich, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Berries are favorites among birds.
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 rotundifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ribes rotundifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ribes rotundifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff