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Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens')

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0.3m
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0.3m
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1-2 years
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Plant details

Botanical name

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'

Other names

Fraise du bois, Fragaria alpina, Fragaria vesca var. semperflorens, Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens', Alpine strawberry 'Semperflorens'

Genus

Fragaria Fragaria

Variety or Cultivar

'Semperflorens' _ 'Semperflorens' is a compact, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial forming rosettes of bright green leaves divided into three ovate, toothed leaflets. Clusters of five-petalled, white flowers from late spring to late summer are followed by small, bright red, edible fruit harvested over a long period from early summer to mid-autumn.


Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Compact

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

'Pegasus' has an open habit, which makes it less susceptible to grey mould.

Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove excess runners as necessary.

Propagation

Alpine strawberries rarely form runners, and are usually propagated by seeds or division of the plants.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Garden edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Beds and borders, Add to salads, Wildlife

Cultivation

Prefers fertile, moist but well-drained, alkaline soil in sun. Mulch with pine or spruce leaves. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced. Tolerates acid soil. May lose vigour after 2-3 years. Suitable for edging, a ground cover, or growing in a container.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'

Other names

Fraise du bois, Fragaria alpina, Fragaria vesca var. semperflorens, Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens', Alpine strawberry 'Semperflorens'

Genus

Fragaria Fragaria

Variety or Cultivar

'Semperflorens' _ 'Semperflorens' is a compact, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial forming rosettes of bright green leaves divided into three ovate, toothed leaflets. Clusters of five-petalled, white flowers from late spring to late summer are followed by small, bright red, edible fruit harvested over a long period from early summer to mid-autumn.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Compact


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

It is best to rotate crops to avoid pest and disease problems.

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

'Pegasus' has an open habit, which makes it less susceptible to grey mould.

Specific diseases

Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Root rot , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove excess runners as necessary.

Propagation

Alpine strawberries rarely form runners, and are usually propagated by seeds or division of the plants.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Garden edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Beds and borders, Add to salads, Wildlife

Cultivation

Prefers fertile, moist but well-drained, alkaline soil in sun. Mulch with pine or spruce leaves. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced. Tolerates acid soil. May lose vigour after 2-3 years. Suitable for edging, a ground cover, or growing in a container.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Xiphinema bakeri

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode pest; could potentially affect trees and other species if introduced but many pathways regulated. No evidence of interceptions or findings to date.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens' (Wild strawberry 'Semperflorens')

Common pest name

assam thrips; castor thrips; chilli thrips; yellow tea thrips

Scientific pest name

Scirtothrips dorsalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU listed pest for citrus but highly polyphagous and intercepted on a number of hosts. EU legislation should be updated to reflect wider host list.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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