Gummy Gooseberry

Ribes lobbii
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: t’em’hw
  • Description: Erect, spreading deciduous shrub 0.5 to 1 m tall, with thorns at leaf axils. Pendant flowers are large and showy in spring, followed by large, red, sticky berries.
  • Habitat: Open forests, forest edges, rock outcrops, and clearings.
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  • Pair-with: Salal, oceanspray, tall Oregon grape, red-flowering currant, Douglas-fir.
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  • Fun Fact: This attractive shrub thrives in open, disturbed forest clearings, and produces large, unusual fruits that are very sticky and glandular. It is scattered throughout the Gulf Islands, and uncommon on Galiano.

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