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Woodland Strawberry
Fragaria vesca
  
About Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) 56 Nurseries Carry This Plant Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a perennial groundcover in the Rose family (Rosaceae). Naturally occurring across the Northern Hemisphere, it is also commonly known as Wild Strawberry and Wood Strawberry. Spreading by rhizomes (underground) and stolons (above-ground runners), the dark green leaves and bright red fruits make an attractive groundcover. The fruits are small but flavorful and are priced both by wildlife and humans. Bees and other pollinators adore the flowers.

As the name suggests, Woodland Strawberry grows in partly shady Woodland and Forest habitats. Although tolerant of dry sites in full shade, they grow in moist locations in part sun, such as near creeks or streams. Plant Woodland Strawberries in a shady area of the yard, along pathways, between stepping stones, amongst ferns and under mature trees and shrubs. To propagate more plants, dig up and relocate new plants that have rooted from the runners. Do this in early spring just as new growth appears.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.1 - 1 ft tall
3 ft wide

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High

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 -5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates clay and garden soil. Soil PH: 5.4 - 6.8

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

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with woodland trees, shrubs and herbs such as False Indigo (Amorpha californica), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.), Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), Mariposa Lily (Calochortus spp.), Ceanothus spp., Fleabane (Erigeron spp.), Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya spp.), Crevice Alumroot (Heuchera micrantha), Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), Leopard Lily (Lilium pardalinum), Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and many others.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Woodlands

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 13.1" - 146.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 5.07", Coldest Month: 26.6" - 53.5", Hottest Month: 47.3" - 78.3", Humidity: 0.01" - 24.15", Elevation: -253" - 9319"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Fragaria crinita,Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata
Common Names: California Strawberry, Fraises Des Bois, European Strawberry, Alpine Strawberry Wood Strawberry, Wild 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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