Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Beach Strawberry, Strawberry, Wild Strawberry
This strawberry from the Pacific coasts of North and South America produces relatively little fruit, but it makes a fine ground cover for sun or partial shade. It is one of the parents of the modern garden strawberry.
A herbaceous perennial that spreads via runners, wild strawberry forms low carpets of leathery, glossy, dark green leaves that each have three coarsely toothed leaflets. The foliage take on a beautiful red tint in winter. Plants spread, but not as rampantly as many other strawberries. In spring, beautiful white five-petaled flowers are held above and stand out against the dark green leaves. Small red berries follow the flowers, attracting birds.
This plant asks for little other than regular water, adequately drained acidic to neutral soil, and protection from hot afternoon sun. Occasional light fertilization prevents bare patches. It’s common practice to mow down the foliage at winter's end to remove old stems and stimulate new more vigorous leaf development. This plant is perfect for providing dense weed-smothering mats under high-branched trees or on sandy banks.
9 - 1
5 - 9
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm
Western United States, South America
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Edging, Edible, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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