Appalachian Gooseberry (Ribes rotundifolium)

Shrub
Grossularia rotundifolia. (Michx.)Cov.&Britt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Appalachian Gooseberry
Ribes rotundifolium
Grossulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the bark has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and measles[257].

    An infusion of the leaf has been used as a sedative in cases of nerves[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[2, 3, 105, 257]. A smooth-skinned gooseberry[235] with a very good flavour[2, 11]. The fruit is about 6 – 8mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months or more cold stratification at between -2 and 0¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 – 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year’s growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].
Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Plants are quite tolerant of shade though do not fruit so well in such a position[11]. Hardy to about -20¡c[200]. This species is sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit[2]. Plants can harbour a stage of ‘white pine blister rust’, so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Eastern N. America – Massachusetts and New York to North Carolina.

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