Gummy Gooseberry (Ribes lobbii)

R. subvestitum. Hook. non Hook.&Arn. Grossularia lobbii. (A.Gray.)Cov.&Britt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Gummy Gooseberry
Ribes lobbii

The roots have been boiled with cedar (Juniperus spp, Thuja sp.) and wild rose (Rosa spp) roots, then pounded and woven into rope[257].

The sharp thorns have been used as probes for boils, for removing splinters and for tattooing[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257].

    A poultice of the roots and salt water has been applied to mouth sores, body sores, blisters and carbuncles[257].

    The root ash, mixed with oil, has been used as a salve on boils[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[101, 105, 161, 257]. Generally considered to be unpalatable, but they were occasionally eaten by some native North American Indian tribes[256].

  • 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 cold stratification at between 0 and 5¡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]. Requires a sunny position[11]. Hardy to about -20¡c[200]. A very ornamental plant[60], it is closely related to R. menziesii[1]. 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].
Western N. America – southern British Columbia to northern California.

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