Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Missouri Gooseberry

Ribes missouriense
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Food/Birds, Food/Pollinators, Food/Small Animals, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

36 to
48
inches

Spread:

48 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 48 to
60
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 48 to
60
inches
Typical Landscape Use
The fruit can be harvested for pies and is also eaten by small mammals and birds. Plants provide good cover for wildlife. Plant in the vegetable garden, in bird gardens or along the edge of a woodland.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in sun or part shade in well-drained soil with organic material to retain moisture.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

A thorny shrub with multiple trunks and arching branches. Clusters of drooping white flowers April-May. Edible, smooth, purple berries form June through September. Green comma and gray comma butterfly caterpillars feed on foliage.

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