Fragaria vesca Fragaria vesca Fragaria vesca
Common Name Woodland Strawberry, California Strawberry
Latin Name Fragaria vesca ssp. californica
Family Rosaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones All zones / 6-10
Type / Form Vine
Native Habitat California woodlands from 100 to 6,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Twice per month
Exposure Shade to part shade
Height X Width Maximum 6" feet X 9 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green deciduous leaves
Flowers White flowers in spring, red fruit in summer, ground cover
Bark / Roots   / Insignificant roots 
Maintenance Fertilize annually
Propagation Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. The seed can take 4 weeks or more to germinate. The seedlings are very small and slow-growing at first, but then grow rapidly. Prick them out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out during the summer. Division of runners, preferably done in July/August in order to allow the plants to become established for the following years crop. They can also be moved in the following spring if required, though should not then be allowed to fruit in their first year. The runners can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
Pests and diseases Fungi
Landscape uses Ground cover, container, bedding
Garden Suitability Thornless, Mountain, Butterfly, Songbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value White flowers in spring, red fruit in summer, ground cover
Nature Value Flowers attract nectar loving insects, wildlife eat fruit
Native American Uses Berries eaten raw, dried for later use, tea made from leaves
Links  
    Images and data http://wildsuburbia.blogspot.com/2009/09/native-garden-can-taste-good-too.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca
    Images and data http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/plant_display.asp?prodid=1566
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/wildstrawberry.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=frve
    Images and data http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/White%20Enlarged%20Photo%20Pages/fragaria.htm
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Rosaceae/Fragaria_vesca.html
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/fraves/all.html
    Images and data http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/plant.asp?code=B346
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=3609
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/fraves/all.html
    Images and data http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/woodland_strawberry.htm
    Images and data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Fragaria+californica
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=3609
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Fragaria+vesca
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/fragaria-californica
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Fragaria+vesca
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=FRVE
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