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Geum fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)
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Geum fragarioides

Appalachian barren strawberry

(syn. Waldsteinia fragarioides)

Great native, evergreen groundcover
Will naturalize; spreads via rhizomes
Glossy leaves divided into 3 serrated segments
5 petaled yellow flowers bloom April to May

Bright, golden-yellow, 5-petaled flowers bloom early to late spring creating a striking accent against evergreen, trifoliate leaves. Flowers and foliage appear on separate stalks; foliage spreads by rhizomes just below the soil surface. A multi-seasonal, ornamental groundcover for the native garden.

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3-6 Inches


6-12 Inches


10 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Appalachian barren strawberry Interesting Notes

Barren-strawberry is a carefree, semi-evergreen groundcover with strawberry-like dark green foliage and delightful yellow flowers in early to mid-spring. It grows 3-6” tall, tolerates partial to light shade and a wide variety of soil types as long as they are well-drained. Geum fragarioides spreads slowly by rhizomes to make an excellent non-aggressive groundcover. Despite its delicate appearance, this plant is tough and has foliage that remains clean and attractive throughout the growing season. Barren-strawberry makes a nice companion for Neviusia alabamensisRhododendron periclymenoidesViburnum acerifoliumEurybia divaricataUvularia grandifloraGeranium maculatum and Carex digitalis. - Mt. Cuba Center

Found in woods and open areas from New Brunswick to Quebec, west to Minnesota and south to Missouri and Tennessee and east to Georgia. Fruit is small and inedible. Plants are more vigorous in the North and should be avoided where hot, humid summers are common. Barren strawberry tends to do best in northern climates with cool summers over the heat and humidity of the south. - Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens, Allan M. Armitage

Geum fragarioides Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils; will naturalize via rhizomes. Minimal garden maintenance required.

Good Substitutions

snowdrop windflower Anemone sylvestris

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Native to North America
Propagation Type