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Fragaria vesca - Cham.&Schltdl.
Common Name Californian Strawberry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shaded, fairly damp places in woodland[200].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Fragaria vesca Californian Strawberry

Fragaria vesca Californian Strawberry
Physical Characteristics
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Fragaria vesca is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Fragaria vesca californica. (Cham.&Schldl.)Staudt.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Coffee;  Tea.

Fruit - raw[105, 161, 257]. Aromatic, sweet and succulent[183]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[177, 183]. The fruit is about 15mm in diameter[200]. The fresh or dried leaves are used to brew an excellent tea[183].
Medicinal Uses

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Antidiarrhoeal;  Antirheumatic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Laxative;  Tonic.

The leaves are astringent. A decoction has been used in the treatment of dysentery[257].
Other Uses
Cosmetic;  Teeth.

None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced. A vigorous plant, spreading rapidly by means of runners. It flowers freely with us, but has not set fruit on our Cornwall trial ground as yet, possibly because all our plants are one clone[K].
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. The seed can take 4 weeks or more to germinate. The seedlings are very small and slow-growing at first, but then grow rapidly. Prick them out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out during the summer. Division of runners, preferably done in July/August in order to allow the plants to become established for the following years crop[200]. They can also be moved in the following spring if required, though should not then be allowed to fruit in their first year. The runners can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Fragaria moschataHautbois Strawberry30
Fragaria nilgerrensis 20
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Fragaria orientalis 30
Fragaria ovalisRocky Mountain Strawberry30
Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'Alpine Strawberry53
Fragaria virginianaScarlet Strawberry, Virginia strawberry32
Fragaria viridisGreen Strawberry30
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Elizabeth H.
lisa latinmer Tue Aug 10 14:27:36 2004

Link: pink plants

Elizabeth H.
Oskar Sun Apr 13 2008
I could not find an English reference for this, but for example the Finnish wikipedia page says that fragaria vesca can cause an allergic reaction especially in small children.
Elizabeth H.
Ruby Khan Wed Aug 26 2009
Hi, My self Ms. Ruby Khan and I am using Fragaria Vesca 200 Medicine for get white and glowing fair Skin. Can you plz tell what ever I want I will get by the same medicine or not?
Rowan A.
Mar 27 2013 12:00AM
Frgaria vesca is actually native to Britain!
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