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Beach Strawberry
Fragaria chiloensis
  
About Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) 50 Nurseries Carry This Plant Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) is one of the two strawberry species used to create the modern garden strawberry.

In spring to early summer, it blooms with beautiful white flowers, which are later replaced by unique red fruits. Local bees and butterflies pollinate flowers and its fruits draw the attention of a variety of insects, birds and mammals.

It has dark-green, glossy leaves that turn red in fall. It has a creeping habit and spreads at a moderate rate. Plant in very low to low moisture, and in sandy soil.
Fragaria chiloensis, Sand Strawberry. (n.d.). Www.laspilitas.com. Retrieved October 20, 2023, from https://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/312--fragaria-chiloensis ‌
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1 - 4 in tall
2 - 3 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
Many beneficial insects

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low, Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established, Max 2x / 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 Oregon Gumweed (Grindelia stricta)

Maintenance
Maintenance
Can be cut back at any time.

Propagation
Propagation?
Divide rooted runners and transplant.

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: Sand Strawberry, Chilean Strawberry, Coastal Strawberry 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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