Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes

Fragaria chiloensis
Beach strawberry

Fragaria chiloensis (V.I. Lohr)

Plant form

Evergreen, spreading groundcover. Growth varies from low and compact to somewhat more open and upright.


Up to 8 inches tall, 6 feet spread.

Leaves and stems

Glossy green, leathery, evergreen, trifoliate leaves. Some of the older leaves develop burgundy coloration in the fall and winter. The plant spreads by creeping, horizontal runners.


Flowers are white with yellow centers and range from dime-sized to 1.5 inches in diameter. Blooms in late spring.


Some cultivars of the beach strawberry will occasionally set fruit. These look like typical small strawberries. Some are flavorful, but others are not.

Native area

Coastal areas in Chile and western North America.

Water use

Very low.

Culture and maintenance

Prefers well-drained soil. Some of the taller cultivars may benefit from mowing early in the spring. Runners may need to be pruned to keep them from getting out of bounds. Not invasive - little maintenance required.


Full sun or partial shade.


USDA Zone 4.
Fragaria chiloensis (V.I. Lohr)


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