Californian Strawberry (Fragaria californica)

Perennial
Fragaria vesca californica. (Cham.&Schldl.)Staudt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Californian Strawberry
Fragaria californica
Rosaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

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

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
South-western N. America – California.

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