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WALDSTEINIA fragarioides

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

WALDSTEINIA fragarioides

Plant Common Name

Barren Strawberry

General Description

An excellent groundcover for shady sites, barren strawberry is a low, mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial from moist to dry woods of eastern and central North America.

This hardy perennial spreads by underground runners to form dense carpets of strawberry-like leaves that persist through winter in milder climes. Emerging in early spring, the three-parted, jagged-edged leaves are bright green maturing to dark glossy green. Few-flowered clusters of bright yellow, five-petaled blooms appear on short stems in spring. The seed capsules (achenes) that follow are borne on a dry brown receptacle rather than in fleshy red "berries".

Barren strawberry thrives in partial shade and moist, humus-rich soil. Established plants do well in dry shade. This tough, vigorous perennial is ideal for covering ground in shady gardens, particularly within its native range.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, Canada, Turkey

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No