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Fragaria_vesca - Cham.&Schltdl.

Common Name Californian Strawberry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shaded, fairly damp places in woodland[200].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Fragaria_vesca Californian Strawberry


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Fragaria_vesca Californian Strawberry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Fragaria_vesca is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Fragaria vesca californica. (Cham.&Schldl.)Staudt.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[105, 161, 257]. Aromatic, sweet and succulent[183]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[177, 183]. The fruit is about 15mm in diameter[200]. The fresh or dried leaves are used to brew an excellent tea[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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The leaves are astringent. A decoction has been used in the treatment of dysentery[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced. A vigorous plant, spreading rapidly by means of runners. It flowers freely with us, but has not set fruit on our Cornwall trial ground as yet, possibly because all our plants are one clone[K].

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Plant 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[200]. 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.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Fragaria vescaWild Strawberry, Woodland strawberry, California strawberryPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHSNM333
Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'Alpine StrawberryPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHSNM53 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

lisa latinmer   Tue Aug 10 14:27:36 2004

Link: pink plants

Oskar   Sun Apr 13 2008

I could not find an English reference for this, but for example the Finnish wikipedia page says that fragaria vesca can cause an allergic reaction especially in small children.

Ruby Khan   Wed Aug 26 2009

Hi, My self Ms. Ruby Khan and I am using Fragaria Vesca 200 Medicine for get white and glowing fair Skin. Can you plz tell what ever I want I will get by the same medicine or not?

   Mar 27 2013 12:00AM

Frgaria vesca is actually native to Britain!

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