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Desert Gooseberry
Ribes velutinum
About Desert Gooseberry (Ribes velutinum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ribes velutinum is a species of currant known by the common name desert gooseberry. It is native to the western United States (Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, and Arizona), where it grows in many types of habitat, including sagebrush, woodlands, and pine forests. Ribes velutinum var. goodingii (Gooding's gooseberry) is confined to the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California. Ribes velutinum is a spreading shrub with a thick, arching, multibranched stem growing up to 2 meters (80 inches) long. Nodes along the stems are armed with spines which may reach 2 centimeters (0. 8 inch) in length. These are spines, not prickles, as they are derived from leaf material rather than from the plant epidermis (skin). The thick, leathery leaves have generally rounded blades divided shallowly into three or five lobes and dotted with glandular hairs. The small blades are borne on petioles. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or raceme of up to four flowers. Each small flower is a tube of white or yellowish sepals with smaller, similarly colored petals inside. The fruit is an edible berry one half to one centimeter (0. 2-0. 4 inch) wide which ripens yellow, then reddish or purple.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

6.6 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 82 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 10

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.5" - 73.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 4.46", Coldest Month: 18.0" - 53.1", Hottest Month: 38.6" - 82.8", Humidity: 0.35" - 36.54", Elevation: 107" - 14328"

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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