Fragaria vesca 'Variegata'
Variegated Strawberry foliage
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Height: 6 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Ornamental Strawberry
A most distinctive groundcover if there ever was one, with mottled and variegated foliage in shades of white and green, showy white flowers, sparse red fruits are an added bonus; keep your guests guessing with this garden gem
Variegated Strawberry has masses of beautiful white daisy flowers with yellow eyes along the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive round compound leaves remain dark green in colour with showy white variegation and tinges of grayish green throughout the season. It produces red berries from early to late summer.
Variegated Strawberry is an open herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Variegated Strawberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Variegated Strawberry will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant 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, alkaline 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Variegated Strawberry is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting 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. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.