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Ribes niveum
Snake River gooseberry, snow gooseberry

Distribution: Occurring in the southeastern corner of Washington; Washington south to Oregon and Nevada, east to Idaho and Colorado.

Habitat: Usually in thickets along streams, but somedtimes on open hllsides.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect shrub 1.5-3 m. tall, with long, slender branches mostly grayish- or reddish-brown, not bristly, but with a stout, nodal spine 7-15 mm. long.


Leaf blades broadly ovate to reniform with a truncate, rounded or wedge-shaped base, 2-4 cm. broad and long, usually finely pubescent on both surfaces, 3- to 5-lobed nearly half their length, the lobes with rounded teeth.


Inflorescence a drooping, slender, 3- to 4-flowered raceme, somewhat longer than the leaves; pedicles slender, 10-15 mm. long; calyx narrowly bell-shaped, the tube 2-2.5 mm. long, white or pale greenish, the 5 lobes narrowly oblong, white, 6-7 mm. long, sharply reflexed at blooming; petals white, erect, rounded, 2 mm. long; stamens 5, exceeding the calyx lobes by 1-3 mm.; styles fused over half their length.


Berry globose, 8-12 mm. long, bluish-black, sour.

Accepted Name:
Ribes niveum Lindl.
Publication: Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 20: plate 1692. 1834. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ribes niveum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes niveum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ribes niveum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes niveum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes niveum information.

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