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Fragaria virginiana/ Wild Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana/ Wild Strawberry

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Wild strawberry is a low-growing, fast-spreading native perennial strawberry vigorous enough to cover ground and suppress the establishment of invasive species in even the worst soils, though it ideally prefers sandy loams. It serves as a great alternative to lawn, tolerating foot traffic and responding well to the occasional mow. Grower beware: its vigor can also manifest as aggression, so this plant should be kept out of garden beds saved for more delicate low-growing perennials. White flowers bloom in spring and red fruits appear in the early to mid-summer, very tasty. The plant spreads indefinitely by runners (stolons) which spread along the ground and root to form new plants.

Fragaria virginiana supports 75 different species of butterflies and moths (Lepidopterans) throughout their life cycles, supplying food for caterpillars and nectar for adult insects. It also supports numerous [other types of insects], and the fruits attract chipmunks, squirrels, and birds. Its flowers are accessible to short-tongued bees. (Courtesy of Native Plant Trust)

Zone: 3-9

Height: 2-5"

Spread: 12-24"

Flower Colour: White

Flowering Season: Spring

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun

Soil Type: Sandy Loam, Any type

Water Needs: Low to Average

Pollinator Attractant: Yes!

Resistant To: Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Urban Environment

3.5" pot

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