Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Barren Strawberry

Waldsteinia fragarioides
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment:
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr), Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Waldsteinia fragarioides by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

to
4
inches

Spread:

6 to
12
inches
Size
Height: to
4
inches
Spread: 6 to
12
inches
Size
Height: to
4
inches
Spread: 6 to
12
inches
Typical Landscape Use
As a ground cover, as a living mulch between larger shade species, and edges of beds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in organic, rich soil. Can tolerate dry periods, but does best in average moisture. Keep tree leaves off the plants in the winter.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

One of the best evergreen ground covers for mostly shaded gardens. Plants form dense mats of 3- to 4-inch high strawberry-like leaves. Waxy, yellow, 5-petaled flowers add color in April and June.

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