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Fragaria chiloensis (Beach Strawberry)

Beach Strawberry, Sand Strawberry, Chilean Strawberry, Coastal Strawberry


Fragaria chiloensis (Beach Strawberry) is a low-growing, spreading, evergreen perennial forming rosettes of shiny, slightly lobed, dark green leaves which take on a reddish tinge in the winter. In mid spring to early summer, it bears a profusion of small, 5-petaled white flowers, 1 in. across (2 cm), adorned with 5 shorter, pointed green sepals and yellow centers. They are followed in mid to late summer by a crop of small, edible red fruits. This plant is easy to cultivate, and it will spread to form a dense ground cover. Useful as a lawn substitute (tolerates moderate foot traffic) or for stabilizing slopes and sand dunes. Beach Strawberry is one of the parent species of the cultivated strawberries.

  • Grows up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm) and 24-30 in. wide (60-75 cm). This plant spreads by runners to form large colonies over time.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in well-drained soils. Some drought tolerance.
  • Great as a ground cover. Excellent on slopes (erosion control).
  • Strawberries are susceptible to some issues including anthracnose, leaf spots, rots, wilts, powdery mildew and blights. Insect visitors include spider mites and aphids. Leaf scorch may occur in hot summer climates.
  • Mow or trim plants hard in early spring.
  • Propagation: remove and transplant runners.
  • Native to the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California and the beaches and inland areas of coastal Chilea.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Fruit
Plant Family Fragaria - Strawberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Ohio, Northeast, New York, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Fruit
Plant Family Fragaria - Strawberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Ohio, Northeast, New York, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden

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