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Trailing Gooseberry
Ribes binominatum
About Trailing Gooseberry (Ribes binominatum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ribes binominatum is a species of currant known by the common names trailing gooseberry and ground gooseberry. It is native to the Klamath Mountains and adjacent northern California Coast Ranges, in far northern California and western Oregon. It grows in higher-elevation forests and meadows. Ribes binominatum is a low, spreading shrub no more than a meter (40 inches) tall, and often quite a bit shorter. Nodes along the stem each bear three spines up to 2 centimeters in length. The hairy, glandular leaves are 2 to 5 centimeters (0. 8-2. 0 inch) long and deeply divided into 3 or 5 rounded, toothed lobes. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or a raceme of up to four flowers which dangling from the branches. The flower has five fuzzy sepals in shades of pale green, sometimes edged with red, which are reflexed upward. At the center is a tubular corolla of white or pinkish petals around five stamens and two shorter styles. The fruit is a yellowish green berry about a centimeter (0. 4 inch) wide which is covered in long prickles which harden into spines.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, White, Green, Red

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 33 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.5" - 128.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.95" - 4.11", Coldest Month: 28.9" - 48.5", Hottest Month: 46.8" - 75.4", Humidity: 1.85" - 25.66", Elevation: 630" - 7995"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Ground Gooseberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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