Ribes cynosbati, Prickly Gooseberry

Prickly Gooseberry flowers in spring.

Prickly Gooseberry dwells in our mixed hardwood forests -a floodplain of the Minnesota River, a gully to the St Croix, along the Mississippi or under the trees within the hills and dales of the Big Woods. At Shelterwood, it receives patchy sun in lowlands and uplands under maples or oaks. You might consider this a species for a restoration, or an interesting specimen for your native woodland garden.

Blooms: greenish yellow-white, April to June

Height: 2 to 4 feet

Conditions: shade to pt sun, medium to moist soil

Unripe Prickly Gooseberry fruit.

Ripe Prickly Gooseberry fruit in the morning sun.