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Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry)

Wild Strawberry, Alpine Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa Fraise des Bois, Fraise Des Bois, Wood Strawberry


A diminutive cousin of the garden strawberries, Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry) is a stoloniferous, spreading perennial forming rosettes of tri-foliate, coarsely-toothed, bright green leaves. In late spring and throughout the summer, it bears a profusion of small, 5-petaled white flowers adorned with yellow centers. They are followed by a crop of tiny, bright red, fragrant and delicious strawberries over a long summer season. Flowers and fruit are usually simultaneously present on the plant. This species has good disease resistance. Compact, it is a lovely choice as an edging for flower or herb beds. A strawberry patch is so ravishing with its small mounds of fresh, green, pleated leaves which hide dangling, ruby-red fruits begging to be picked and enjoyed!

  • Grows up to 3-9 in. tall (7-22 cm) and 9-12 in. wide (22-30 cm). This plant will spread by runners and may self-seed if its fruit is not harvested.
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates partial shade but best fruit production occurs in full sun. Can be grown in a wide range of soils, but thrives in alkaline soils.
  • Great for the edge of informal borders, as a ground cover or for container cultivation.
  • 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.
  • Remove excess runners.
  • Propagation: remove and transplant runners. Propagate by seed sow at 13-18°C in spring
  • Native to the temperate northern hemisphere

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H2
Plant Type Fruit
Plant Family Fragaria - Strawberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3" – 9" (7cm – 22cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H2
Plant Type Fruit
Plant Family Fragaria - Strawberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3" – 9" (7cm – 22cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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