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Gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa

Plant Data

Order:
Saxifragales
Family:
Grossulariaceae (Currant)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
Clusters of small pink-flushed green flowers.
Fruit:
Globular, green and fleshy berries, covered in bristly hairs.
Leaves:
Deciduous shrub with simple leaves. 3 to 5 deep lobes, bearing a slight resemblance to small Maple leaves.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
Edible berries, very sweet-tasting. Can be eaten raw, straight off the plant, or can be put into pies and crumbles. They can also be used to flavour drinks such as wine and tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, scrub.