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The shrub Ribes lacustre is known by the common names prickly currant, swamp gooseberry, and black gooseberry.[1] It is widely distributed, from California to Alaska and across North America to Pennsylvania and Newfoundland.

The shrub grows erect to spreading, 0.5–2 m. Clusters of reddish to maroon flowers bloom in spring. The fruit consists of dark purple berries 6–8 mm long.

Outside its native range, Ribes species may be invasive. For example, in Michigan, planting of any currant and gooseberry species is prohibited.

Written on June 21st, 2012 , Forestry Tags:

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