Ribes watsonianum
Mount Adams gooseberry, spring gooseberry, wastson gooseberry

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, east to Alberta.

Habitat: Forest openings in canyons and on ridges, mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect or ascending shrub up to 2 m. tall, the grayish-brown branches covered with grayish hairs and stalked glands; slightly curved nodal spines 1 or 3, 3-7 mm. long.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades thin, broadly ovate with a cordate base, 2-5 cm. broad, mostly 3-lobed less than half their length, the lobes broad and rounded, again cleft into 2-5 coarse, rounded teeth.


Inflorescence of 1- to 2-flowered, pubescent and glandular, drooping racemes, the peduncles shorter than the leaves: pedicels stout, not jointed; calyx greenish, the tube narrowly bell-shaped, 2.5-3 mm. long, the 5 lobes narrowly oblong, 6-7 mm. long; petals 5, oblong, white, 3-4 mm. long, rounded; stamens 5; styles 2, fused half their length, glabrous; ovary inferior, glandular-bristly.


Berry sub-globose, 1 cm. long, reddish, densely yellowish-spiny.

Accepted Name:
Ribes watsonianum Koehne
Publication: Deut. Dendrol. 197. 1893. 1893.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Grossularia watsoniana (Koehne) Coville & Britton
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes watsonianum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ribes watsonianum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes watsonianum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes watsonianum information.

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