DESCRIPTION: A compact variety with interesting toothed green foliage, presenting white blooms and fruit all season long; re-seeds easily; berries are small, sweet and flavorful BOTANICAL NAME: Fragaria vescaAVERAGE HEIGHT: 15 cmAVERAGE SPREAD: 60 cmSUN EXPOSURE: Full sun...
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DESCRIPTION: A compact variety with interesting toothed green foliage, presenting white blooms and fruit all season long; re-seeds easily; berries are small, sweet and flavorful

BOTANICAL NAME: Fragaria vesca
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 15 cm
AVERAGE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to Partial Shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White with yellow centers, followed by small tasty red strawberries in summer
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 2 ( Should survive up to -42.7° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Bee Friendly, Border, Edible, Groundcover, Native

Edible Qualities

Alpine Strawberry is a perennial that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces small red round berries which are usually ready for picking from late spring to early fall. This variety is considered an everbearing type of strawberry, which means that it will repeatedly produce fruit across most of the season. 

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating

Features & Attributes

Alpine Strawberry features dainty white daisy flowers with lemon yellow eyes along the stems from late spring to early summer. Its serrated oval compound leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from early to late summer.

This is an open herbaceous perennial with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove die-back. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alpine Strawberry is suitable for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Alpine Strawberry will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. 

Alpine Strawberry is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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