(Closely related: Idaho Gooseberry)
Ribes oxyacanthoides ssp cognatum
The Umatilla Gooseberry is a native deciduous shrub which is 1 1/2 to 5 feet tall. The branches are erect to sprawling, covered with prickles. Nodes have several 1/4 to 1/2 inch stout spines. Flowers are single or in clusters of two to three. It has a berry fruit .3 to .6 in diameter with numerous seeds. The roots are shallow, radiating from a central crown. The Umatilla gooseberry grows on rocky and sandy shores, stony banks, talus slopes and outcrops and in clearings, moist woods, thickets, and generally at low elevations in the boreal forest. It is moderately shade tolerant, occurring in open woods and forests. It is found throughout the northern Rockies.