Beach Strawberry, Sand Strawberry
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.
Vigorous spreader that covers 2–3 ft. or more per year, eventually mounding to 1–1 1/2 ft....
Initially erect to 2–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2–2 ft. wide; eventually twists into a picturesque...
Grows 2–3 ft. high and 4–5 ft. wide, with leaves edged and splashed with pink and creamy w...