Gooseberry - Ribes uva-crispa

    Description

    Densely branched spiny shrub to 1.5 metres. Leaves rather small, deeply lobed. Flowers pale pinkish green often edged with purple in small clusters of 1 to 3. Berry large (10 to 20 mm) globose, greenish yellow or purplish red bristly and edible.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Waste ground and sundry other places.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain except in the north of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Surprisingly frequent away from gardens in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 114 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map