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Beach Strawberry
Fragaria chiloensis
  
About Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) 28 Nurseries Carry This Plant Beach Strawberry, Sand Strawberry, Chilean Strawberry, or Coastal Strawberry is one of two species of strawberry that were hybridized to create the modern garden strawberry. It is noted for its large berries. Its natural range is the Pacific Ocean coasts of North and South America, and also Hawaii. Migratory birds are thought to have dispersed it from the Pacific coast of North America to the mountains of Hawaii, Chile, and Argentina. In California it is found in the immediate vicinity of the coast from San Luis Obispo County north. It is an evergreen plant growing to 15-30 centimeters (5.9-12 inches) tall, with glossy green leaves, each leaflet around 5 centimeters (2.0 inches) long. The flowers are white, produced in spring and early summer. The fruit is edible, red on the surface, white inside. There are some named cultivars such as 'Lipstick'.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.49 - 1 ft tall

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
Many beneficial insects

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy soils. Soil PH: 5.6 - 6.3

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other low growing coastal plants such as Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia or umbellata), Beach Bur (Ambrosia chamissonis), Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia soldanella), Seaside Daisy (Erigeron sp.), and Coast Gumweed (Grindelia strict)

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19, 20, 21, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Ocean beaches, dunes, coastal grassland

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 14.3" - 85.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 2.15", Coldest Month: 43.4" - 51.0", Hottest Month: 56.4" - 71.4", Humidity: 0.32" - 16.38", Elevation: -125" - 2056"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Fragaria chiloensis ssp. lucida
Common Names: Pacific Beach Strawberry


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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