Search Field Guide
Advanced Search
MT Gov Logo
Montana Field Guide

Montana Field Guides

Canada Gooseberry - Ribes oxyacanthoides

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

External Links

General Description
Stems ascending to sprawling, 0.5–1.5 m with 1 to 4 straight to curved nodal spines. Twigs puberulent, often bristly, yellow becoming gray. Leaf blades 1–3 cm wide, cordate, 3- to 5-lobed, deeply crenate, pubescent, often glandular beneath. Inflorescence of 1 to 3 flowers, drooping, shorter than the leaves. Flowers obconic, green to white, 7–10 mm long, glabrous; calyx lobes oblong, 3–5 mm long; petals 2–3 mm long, white to pink; stamens ca. as long as the petals; styles united ca. half the length. Berry purple, 8–12 mm long, glabrous, edible. Lesica (2012) treats this species more narrowly than some authors (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
YT to NL south to CO, NE and MN (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 29

(Click on the following maps and charts to see full sized version) Map Help and Descriptions
Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)


Login Logout
Citation for data on this website:
Canada Gooseberry — Ribes oxyacanthoides.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from