Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), 3 plants in 7 cm pots
The Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is easy to grow, thrives in shady areas with little attention and makes a good, year round ground cover plant. The white flowers appear from April to July or later and the fruit soon after. Not so big as supermarket varieties, it nevertheless has an excellent flavour, so it makes a welcome addition to any garden or greenspace.
Wild strawberries are great for wildlife, introducing an element of competition for the berries, which are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals that help to distribute the seed in their droppings. They can remain viable in the soil for several years, although the plant is mainly propagated by runners.
The small Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) butterfly found mainly in central and southern England often chooses the leaves of the Wild Strawberry on which to lay her eggs (other popular choices being Agrimony and Creeping Cinquefoil), the leaves providing a ready food source for the caterpillars on hatching. The butterfly is named after the black and white pattern on its wings.
Grow Your Own
If you would like to grow your own Wild Strawberries, we can get you started with packs of 3 plants in 7 cm square pots that we have grown from seed supplied by a Scottish producer of wildflower seeds, or maybe from runners. In either case your three plants will soon become lots more as they put out runners, which you can peg down into new pots or the surrounding soil and watch the plantlets mature. Available ALL YEAR.
Our postage charge is the same regardless of the size of your order.
Ladyburn Plant Nursery has been registered, by the Scottish Government, as a Professional Operator who is authorised to issue plant passports. (These are now required for internet sales of all plants including native plants sold within the UK, not just those for those shipped abroad, as previously). Registration Number GB-S 03473.
Please note that our plants are sold purely for their biodiversity, educational and aesthetic value and should not be consumed unless you are absolutely certain of their safety.
Please note also that our nursery is located at Cupar, our St Andrews address being for correspondence only.