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Yellow Strawberry Waldsteinia ternata

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Phonetic Spelling
wald-STY-nee-ah ter-NAY-tah
Description

Barren strawberry is a perennial in the Rosaceae (rose) family from Europe and Asia that is primarily used as a ground cover. The leaves and flowers are strawberry-like but the fruit is inedible. It spreads by stolons and runners but spreads relatively slowly and is not considered aggressive. The yellow flowers appear in late spring to early summer. The foliage is evergreen in mild winter areas and forms a dense mat of glossy leaves. It can be divided in spring or early fall.

This plant grows easily in a wide variety of soils in sun to dappled shade. In the south, it does better with some afternoon shade.  Combines well with spring-blooming bulbs and is drought tolerant once established. Use as a groundcover or in the front of the border.  Mass plant it along a rock wall, or use it along a pathway in an English or shade garden.

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Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#shade garden#spring flowers#mass planting#dappled shade#spreading#deer resistant#glossy leaves#groundcover#rock garden#English garden#border front#walkway planting#small group plantings#partial shade tolerant#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#shade garden#spring flowers#mass planting#dappled shade#spreading#deer resistant#glossy leaves#groundcover#rock garden#English garden#border front#walkway planting#small group plantings#partial shade tolerant#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Waldsteinia
    Species:
    ternata
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Small reddish inedible berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/2 inch yellow five-petaled flowers on 8 in. stems in clusters of 3 to 8. Blooms late spring to early summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Three-parted, glossy green leaves composed of wedge-shaped, 1 to 2-inch leaflets with toothed margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    This plant has 8-inch stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Rock Wall
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    English Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought