Description: Small, pointed deep red berries follow the live-petalled white flowers. Blooms appear in late spring and recur throughout the summer.
Habit: Reaches 8-10 inches high; spreads by runners.
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade, very tolerant of soil conditions but must have good drainage.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 9
Origin: North America, Europe, Asia
Attributes: Edible, Ground Cover, Deer Resistant
Thomas Jefferson recorded growing this species on a number of occasions, and was sent plants by Bernard McMahon April 2. McMahon said in the accompanying letter: "I do myself the pleasure of sending you .... 8 plants of the true red Alpine Strawberry, being all I could procure of these kinds at present." The fruit proved so small that Jefferson wrote to General John Mason in 1810, " ... I think it would take acres to yeild a dish." The plants are very decorative and are useful for edging beds, groundcovers, and containers. The fruits change from bright red to a deep crimson color when fully ripe, which is when they are sweetest and should be picked.
Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca var. vesca) arrives in a 2.5" pot.