Swamp gooseberry to the rescue! Cultivated gooseberries used to be Ribes uva-crispa. Then American gooseberry mildew was introduced to Europe, with devastating results. Swamp gooseberry is an American native, and is resistant to that plague. Now most cultivated gooseberries, here and in Europe, are hybrids of the two species. Swamp gooseberry typically grows around wetlands in CT, IA, IL(E), IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI(S), SD, VA, VT, WI, WV, AB, LB, MB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 5/17/17. Gooseberry family, Grossulariaceae.