Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Fragaria chiloensis

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Species Name: Fragaria chiloensis
Common Name: Beach Strawberry

Large glossy leaves and delicious red fruit. Performs best on coast. Protect from hot inland sun. Spreads by above ground runners. Highly recommended for most groundcover needs. Flowers are fragrant

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 4 - 6 in. H x spreading
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Distribution: Throughout California coast
Natural Habitat: Ocean beaches, grassland

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Rich dark glossy green foliage and large white flowers. A splendid ground cover plant in sun or shade. Can be used very attractively in rock gardens or for trailing down over a low wall. Pots, 10c; dozen, $1.00; 100, $7.00; In flats of 100 plants, $2.50."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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