Ribes inerme is a deciduous shrub found in areas such as Western N. America - British Columbia to Montana, south to California. A member of the Grossulariaceae family, Ribes inerme Rydb is also known by its common name of Whitestem Gooseberry. The shrub can grow to a height of 2 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Moist, often shaded places, 1000 - 3200 metres in California., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .
Whitestem Gooseberry is a zone 6 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Whitestem Gooseberry is 0(Binary/Image)
Ribes inerme is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Insects.
The plant has an edibility rating of 2Fruit - raw or cooked[101, 105, 161, 257]. A gooseberry. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter.
Cultivation tips: Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. The plant prefers a sunny position. Hardy to about -20°c. Some botanists include this species as part of R. divaricatum as R. divaricatum inerme. (Rydb.)McMinn.. The stems are occasionally thorned or smooth. Plants can harbour a stage of 'white pine blister rust', so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 4 - 6 months cold stratification at
0°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 - 15 centimeters 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].
Fruit - raw or cooked[101, 105, 161, 257]. A gooseberry. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter.