Fragaria chiloensis Rosaceae
Beach, Sand, or Chilean Strawberry fra-GARE-ree-a chil-oh-EN_sis
- Evergreen ground cover, to 15 cm tall, spreads by stolons (runners) indefinitely. Leaves dark green, glossy, compound, three oval leaflets, each 2.5-5 cm long, toothed, may turn red in fall. Flowers five-petaled, white, about 2 cm wide, in spring. Seedy red fruit attracts birds, may not set fruit in gardens.
- Sun, mow in spring to force new growth and prevent stem buildup.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Found along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California and the beaches and inland areas of coastal Chile.
- Fragaria: fragrant, alluding to the fruit