Gooseberry Currant

Genus Ribes
Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)

Gooseberry currant branch and leaves

Gooseberry Currant
(Ribes montigenum)

This is a very prickly thorny shrub that grows on open slopes in our mountains. The small flowers are pinkish yellow.

Some reference books put the currants and gooseberries into a family of their own, Grossulariaceae or Gooseberry Family. However they have characteristics in common with the Saxifrages, so other books include them there.

The berries are juicy, but prickly. They are red when fully ripe. They are edible, but not very palatable. However, birds and small animals like them.

Gooseberry currant berries

Albion Basin
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray