Ribes divaricatum (Spreading Gooseberry)


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Plant Description: This gooseberry grows upright, up to 10 ft tall. It has arching branches and several thick thorns at its leaf nodes. The broad leaves are lobed with toothed margins and hairy undersides. The small inflorescence (cluster) of 3-5 hanging, bell shaped flowers, are not as showy as others in this genus. They have greenish to purple sepals, surrounding a small ring of white or reddish petals with stamens protruding well beyond the petals. 

Fruit is a shiny black and tasty berry. These berries are edible and are usually used in jams, pies, etc. *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID*

  • Height: 3-7ft
  • Width: 1-7ft
  • Watering needs: regular
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: moist to wet, tolerates sand and seasonal flooding
  • Bloom Time: April to May
  • Ripening Time: July-August
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia through California, growing at low elevations on wet areas, moist open woods, canyons, and coastal bluffs.

This plant is great in woodland gardens or in meadowscapes. Spreading gooseberry is recommended for attracting pollinators and hummingbirds. It also provides food, nesting sites, and cover for many other birds.

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