Coastal Black Gooseberry (Ribes divaricatum)


Coastal Black Gooseberry (Ribes divaricatum)


This native gooseberry is a great choice for those looking to include edible natives in their home landscape. Its shiny black berries are said to be tart and tasty, and if not your thing, can always provide support for birds (R. divaricatum also provides good, prickly cover for birds). Its fuschia like flowers are perhaps less showy than some other native Ribes, but nonetheless charming. Prefers shade to part shade and a moist environment. Commonly found at low elevations in moist open woods. coastal bluffs. canyons etc. Sow in fall or refrigerate for 3-5 months for best results. May also benefit from scarification treatments.

Provenance: Island Co., Washington

Family: Grossulariaceae

Bloom: Early Spring

Height: 3-9’

Zones: 8-10

Difficulty: Medium

$3.50 Packet: .01 oz. or approximately 100 seeds

Image “Coast Black Gooseberry” by Walter Siegmund is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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