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Waldsteinia fragarioides

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam

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:

Description

Waldsteinia fragarioides is an attractive, evergreen, strawberry-like ground cover. It forms dense, green matts, punctuated by attractive yellow flowers in spring. Foliage can turn to bronzish hues during winter in colder climates.

Cultivation

Waldsteinia fragarioides is intolerant of the heat and humidity of the south. Best in moist, rich well-drained soil. Spreads by runner-like rhizomes just below the surface, creating dense colonies. Can be an attractive evergreen addition to a rock garden, in either full sun or open shade.

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