Waldsteinia fragariodes – Barren Strawberry –


Waldsteinia –

There are about 6 tufted to clump forming, rhizomatous, and herbaceous semi evergreen perennial in the rose family, in this genus.  They are found naturally occurring in the northern hemisphere.  They are cultivated for there 3 palmate or palmately 3 to 7 lobed hairy leaves, resembling their close allied the strawberries.  Leaves may develop bronze tints depending on lighting.  There also grown for their 5 petalled bright yellow flowers, borne singly or in clusters up to 8 in late spring and early summer.  Waldsteinias provide a good groundcover for a woodland garden, on dry, shady banks, or at the front of an herbaceous border, but may be invasive.

Grow in any moderately fertile soil in full or partial shade.  Divide in early spring.

W. fragariodes – Barren Strawberry –  This mat forming, rhizomatous perennial found in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia grows 8-10” tall and 24” wide.  It produces 3 palmate, bronze leaves, to 6” long, consisting of egg shaped, hairy, scalloped leaflets, to 3” long.  In spring and summer, bears cymes of 3-8 saucer shaped, bright yellow flowers, to ¾” across.

Zones 3-8