mountain gooseberry Grossulariaceae Ribes
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes), round in outline, 1 to 1 1/2 inch, irregularly round toothed, green and pubescent above and below, sticky; borne on long petioles densely covered in glandular hairs.
Flower: Species is monoecious; showy, yellow-red to coral-pink, tubular flowers, borne June to August, flower stalks covered in sticky glandular hairs, hanging in clusters several inches long.
Fruit: Red or orange-red, round, 1/3 inch berries in a hanging clusters, glandular bristly, ripen in August to September, delicious.
Twig: Initially green changing to red with three spines at the nodes or with small spines densely arranged on the stem, becoming red-brown to gray brown.
Bark: Reddish-brown, smooth.
Form: Small to medium upright shrub to 3 feet tall, often forms thickets.
Looks like: prickly currant
| Additional Range Information:
Ribes montigenum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting mountain gooseberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson