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Alpine Strawberry

Fragaria vesca Semperflorens

Alpine strawberry perfect for well drained sunny spots

The alpine or wild strawberries with its sweet and tasty fruit is a delightful change from its larger cousins. Pick and eat fresh from the garden through the summer. The young leaves are also edible. This is a good non-invasive ground cover plant.


Good in a container and window box, it will also grow happily in a border or raised bed. Almost anywhere with some sunshine to encourage the fruit to ripen.


Happy in any well drained soil. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

The intensely flavoured fruit is delicious fresh or in summer desserts.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - August
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting June - October
Cropping July - October

Typically available

From April to August