Ribes cynosbati / Prickly Gooseberry


A tasty native gooseberry with prickly fruit that become smooth, purplish, and flavorful when ripe. Creates a wide, roundish form. Excellent for a hedge, border, or fruiting thicket. Copious small blooms for pollinators. We love making syrups with the fruit.

Host plant for the Gray Comma, and several moth species.

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Height: 3′ – 4′        Blooms: April     Fruits: July

Siting: Average to moist, sun to shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: PA/NY


BONAP 2022 Ribes cynosbati Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Gray Comma

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Ruby Quaker
Speckled Green Fruit Worm
Haploa spp.


Additional information


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