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Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry)

Appalachian Barren Strawberry, Barren Strawberry, Geum fragarioides


A low-growing, strawberry-like plant, Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry) is a carefree, evergreen perennial forming basal rosettes of glossy, trifoliate leaves with wedge-shaped, toothed leaflets. In mid spring to early summer, it bears a profusion of small, 5-petaled, bright yellow flowers, 1/2 in. across (1 cm), adorned with a bouquet of golden stamens. They are followed by a crop of tiny, inedible berries. Native to eastern North America, Barren Strawberry spreads slowly by short surface runners and is primarily grown as a ground cover. It forms a lovely mat particularly useful for edging or filling in areas along a path. Barren Strawberry does best in northern climates with cool summers.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in slightly acidic, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils. This woodland ground cover does well in dry conditions.
  • Great as a ground cover for small areas. Excellent for rock gardens, native plant gardens, woodland gardens. Can also be used as an edging plant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" – 12" (15cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, 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 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" – 12" (15cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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