Waldsteinia ternata

barren strawberry

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Reminiscent of a strawberry plant in both flower and foliage – but with bright yellow flowers – this spreading perennial will form a low, tight-knit groundcover over time. The mature foliage is dark green and quite strawberry-like while the fruits of this plant are just the opposite; hence, the common name. Nevertheless, this is a very fine choice for a groundcover in sun or shade.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular or occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen groundcover with bright yellow flowers in spring

Resistant to: deer, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, cream, white

Great Color Partners: dark green, yellow

Culture Notes
Barren strawberry will grow well in full sun or light to dappled shade. For optimal growth plant in rich, well-drained soil; however, it will tolerate clay and sandy situations as well as moist situations. Water regularly or occasionally depending on soil type.