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Missouri gooseberry

Ribes missouriense

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: missouriense (miss-oor-ee-EN-see) (Info)


Edible Fruits and Nuts



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lisle, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Cole Camp, Missouri

Leasburg, Missouri

Granville, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 4, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've only seen the several shrubs in the Northern Illinois Collection at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. It is supposed to be the most common native Ribes (Gooseberry-Currant) in northern Illinois. Its native range is from eastern OK up thru ND & MN and from west MT into IN, and then some spots KY, WV, OH, and PA. It was one of several Ribes that were eliminated in northern areas of their range, in New England, MN, WI, MI, NY and such, because the several Gooseberry-Currant species carried the White Pine Blister Rust Disease that did not damage these plants much, but was a serious disease on Eastern White Pine. Farther south the disease does not show up because it is not cool long enough in spring. Looks like a nice, native plant for native, naturalistic landscapes. Its berry matures ... read more


On Nov 5, 2007, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is listed as endangered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. It is listed as a noxious weed in Michigan.

It grows in my woods and doesn't seem the least invasive here.