New Mexico Wildflowers: Gooseberry Family

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

These lovely yellow flowers develop pink areas as they start to die. The berries start out yellow but turn dark red to black as they ripen.


Trumpet Gooseberry (Ribes leptanthum)

When you grasp this one for a closer look, expect many fine spines among the leaves. In fact, I often grasp currant plants (carefully) to see whether they're trumpet gooseberry.


Wolf's Currant (Ribes wolfii)

Shrubs of Wolf's currant are common in the upper Sandia Mountains. The leaves are shaped vaguely like maple leaves. Over the summer, greenish-white flower stalks give way to blue-black berries.