Barren-strawberry is a durable, low-growing ground cover. It produces bright yellow flowers in early summer.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Ground cover,
- Mixed border,
- Small plant (6-12 inches),
- Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Alkaline soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of spreading
Barren-strawberry is a low-growing ground cover that seldom get taller than 6 inches in leaf. When in flower, the flowers may add another 2 to 4 inches to the height. It is a colonizing ground cover. Colonizing ground covers produce underground stems that spread out horizontally and shallowly, produce roots and then send up new shoots. Barren-strawberry tends to grow more slowly than most colonizing ground covers.
Barren-strawberry is a fairly low-maintenance plant that can grow in a variety of soils.
When grown in full sun, soil moisture needs to be consistent.
Disease, pests, and problems
Generally no serious problems, but fungal leaf spots can occur.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Resistant to deer.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Europe and Asia.
Most of the leaves grow from the base of the plant. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. The leaflets have serrated margins.
Clusters of bright yellow, five-petaled flowers are produced from late spring into early summer
Once pollinated, the flowers produce small, strawberry-like structures that hold the true fruits, which are achenes (the "seeds").
Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides): Very similar to the species listed above. Leaves are less glossy and the entire plant is slightly taller. Less tolerant of heat (Zone 4 to 7). The two species are closely related and often mistaken for one another.