The Black Gooseberry produces dark purple berries that are eaten fresh, or more commonly made into jam. The gooseberry bush is 0.5 – 2 m tall, covered with many small prickles, and has somewhat maple shaped leaves. It grows widespread in the south interior of BC in forests and clearings.
|Height and Spread
|0.5 – 2 m tall.
|Up to 2 m in spread.
|Reddish, saucer shaped flowers with small pink to purple petals.
|Green leaves with brown to cinnamon coloured stems.
|Mid to late Summer.
|Light and Water
|Rocky slopes, clearings, and open forests.
|Dry to moist soil.
|Black Gooseberries are widespread and were eaten by all interior Indigenous peoples. They can be eaten fresh, cooked into a sauce or jam, or made into a tea said to be good for colds. They leaves of the bush were also made into a tea used medicinally for colds and diarrhea.
|The berries from Black Gooseberry bushes are widely eaten by many species of wildlife, including birds, mammals, and insects.
|Black Gooseberries are great for gardens for their tasty berries and adaptability to a large variety of conditions. One should note that the spines of gooseberry bushes cause allergic reactions in some people.
|While Black Gooseberries are widespread and native to this area, in other parts of North America they are considered an invasive species and are banned from being planted.
|Black Gooseberry plants can be propagated by cuttings or by seed. Cuttings can easier as the germination process for gooseberries can be complex.