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Fragaria chiloensis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Fragaria chiloensis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Fragaria chiloensis

Beach Strawberry, Sand Strawberry
Rosaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

FRAGARIA

The plants described here are grown for their ornamental qualities, although Fragaria vesca also produces delectable berries. Grow in well-drained soil. For strawberries grown strictly for their edible fruit, see Strawberry.

Fragaria chiloensis

Native to Pacific beaches and bluffs and North and South America. A parent of the market strawberry (see Strawberry), this forms a lush, compact mat 4–8 in. high. Glossy dark green leaves have three tooth-edged leaflets and take on red tones in winter. White, 1-in. flowers appear in spring, occasionally followed by a few bright red, seedy, 3/4-in. fruits in summer.

For use as a groundcover, set out nursery-grown plants 1–1 1/2 ft. apart. Mow or cut back annually in early spring to force new growth and prevent stem buildup.

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