Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, creeping, edible, naturalizing, rock garden plant, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Fragaria virginianaAlso known as:
thickleaved wild strawberry
What can I say... this species pretty much looks like a smaller version of the commercial strawberry! The red fruit are about 1/2" long, roundish, juicy, and tastier than any cultivated strawberry available.
Fragaria virginiana can be found in fields, meadows and dry openings.It adapts to a variety of soil types but prefers slightly acidic, humus-rich soil in full sun. Fruit production is more abundant in cooler areas and/or higher altitudes. This species spreads by runners and can be used as a ground cover.. The younger plants will bear more fruit, so it is recommended to replant patches every 3 to 4 years. Under very dry conditions, the plants will go dormant during the summer, but will reemerge in fall when the weather cools off. Plants may bloom from-mid spring to through early summer: April through June. Zones 2-8
Very easy to propagate! Divide plants or separate runners.
This species produces the tastiest and juiciest of the wild strawberries and is one of the species used to create commercial hybrids. According to the USDA NRCS: "The Winnebago and Blackfoot made a tea with an infusion of the young leaves of this plant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
|Species||Fragaria virginiana||wild strawberry|