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Ribes viscosissimum
Hall's sticky currant, mountain currant

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Open to forested, moist to fairly dry slopes, from middle to high elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Erect to spreading unarmed shrub up to 2 m. tall, with soft pubescence and stalked glands, the old branches becoming reddish-brown.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 3-6 cm. broad, palmately 3- or 5-lobed much less than half their length, the lobes rounded, once or twice dentate with rounded teeth, soft-pubescent on both surfaces.


Inflorescence of 6-12 flowered, erect to drooping racemes, pubescent and glandular, shorter than the leaves, the pedicels jointed, exceeding the bracts; calyx greenish-yellow, yellowish-white or pinkish, the tube narrowly bell-shaped, 6-7 mm. long; calyx lobes 5, oblong, pointed, spreading, about equal to the tube; petals 5, broadly ovate, narrowed abruptly to a short, broad claw, 2.5-4 mm. long, cream or white; stamens 5, equaling the petals; styles 2, fused nearly to the stigmas; ovary inferior, glabrous to glandular or pubescent.


Berry ovoid, 10-12 mm. long, deep bluish-black.

Accepted Name:
Ribes viscosissimum Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 163. 1813.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Ribes viscosissimum Pursh var. hallii (Janczewski) Janczewski [HC]
Ribes viscosissimum Pursh var. viscosissimum [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ribes viscosissimum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes viscosissimum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Ribes viscosissimum information.

E-Flora BC: Ribes viscosissimum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes viscosissimum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes viscosissimum information.

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