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Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick et al., USDA Corvallis
FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Jessie'
Garden Strawberry, Strawberry
Garden strawberries are hybrid perennials prized for their sweet, aromatic red fruit. Rarely cultivated today, 'Jessie' was a popular strawberry variety in central California and the Mid-Atlantic states in the early twentieth century. This "June-bearing" cultivar originated in Janesville, Wisconsin, around 1880.
Like most garden strawberries, 'Jessie' spreads by runners to form expanding mats of three-lobed leaves. Round, white, five- to eight-petaled flowers open in spring from buds initiated the previous fall. The large, wedge-shaped berries ripen in late spring and early summer, midway in the spring strawberry season. The aromatic, light- to dark-red fruits have firm, juicy, pale red flesh and a full, slightly tart flavor. They are excellent for fresh eating.
Garden strawberries thrive in full sun and moist, fertile, acidic to neutral soil. They are good choices for culinary gardens, containers, or "strawberry towers." They are vulnerable to numerous pests and diseases, which should be monitored and controlled if necessary.
8 - 1
4 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring
Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hanging Basket, Herb / Vegetable
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