Waldsteinia fragarioides (Michx.) Tratt.
Appalachian Barren Strawberry, Barren Strawberry
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: WAFR
A low, strawberry-like plant with evergreen, basal leaves and several yellow flowers on a leafless stalk.
Although this plant is strawberry-like, the flowers are yellow and the fruit is neither fleshy nor edible at maturity. Lobed Strawberry (W. lobata), found along riverbanks in Georgia and the Carolinas, has lobed and toothed leaves and narrow, yellow petal
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Achene , Aggregate
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.
Fruit: Aggregated achenes.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario east to New Brunswick, south to Georgia, west to Tennessee and Arkansas, and north to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Woods, thickets, and clearings.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Dry , Moist
BenefitUse Ornamental: Woodland ground cover does well in dry conditions.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Clump Division , Seeds
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
BibliographyBibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Waldsteinia fragarioides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Waldsteinia fragarioides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Waldsteinia fragarioides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-11
Research By: TWC Staff