Ribes includes the currants, including the edible currants (blackcurrant, redcurrant and whitecurrant), gooseberries, and many ornamental plants. The Ribes currant should not be confused with the Zante currant grape. The Jostaberry is a gooseberry/blackcurrant hybrid. Currants are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera-Butterfly species.
Contributions by Hamamelis, MPF, and Richard Barlow.