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Waldsteinia fragarioides

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 2"-6"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, creeping, evergreen, fall interest, mat-forming, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant

Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)
  • Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)
  • Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)
  • Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)
  • Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)

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Description

Waldsteinia fragarioides

Also known as:

Appalachian barren strawberry

,

barren strawberry

Scientific Synonyms:

Geum fragarioides

Description

Waldsteinia fragarioides is an attractive, evergreen, strawberry-like groundcover. It forms dense, green matts, punctuated by attractive yellow flowers in spring. It has excellent leaf retention throughout the year, and can pick up bronze and purple hues during the winter, making it a groundcover of multi-seasonal interest.

Cultivation

Appalachian barren strawberry is low maintenance, adaptable, and non-aggressive, making it easy to integrate with other plants. It mainly spreads vegetatively via a shallow, rhizomatous root system. It can be used in mass plantings or as an understory plant around shrubs or among taller growing perennials. It is a shade-loving plant that does best under filtered light, where it gets plenty of moisture from fall through spring. It can also tolerate part-sun as a green mulch for pollinator gardens grown in moist soil. It will tolerate dry summers when grown in the shade, but will not do well in the high heat and humidity of the south. Like any evergreen plant, care should be taken to remove excessive leaf cover in autumn that my otherwise smother the plants. This species is very cold hardy. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Propagate by seed. Divisions can be made any time of year.

Additional Notes

The common name barren strawberry, is due to its resemblance to strawberries, yet does not produce any form of edible fruit, and is therefore barren.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL, ME
  • Rare: IN
  • Special Concern: CT, MA
  • Threatened: MA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Waldsteinia barren strawberry
Species Waldsteinia fragarioides Appalachian barren strawberry