Strawberry – Coastal (Fragaria chiloensis)
BLOOM & FRUITS
White flowers in June to July followed by tiny fruits with seeds on the outside, and an intense sweet flavour in July-August.
Attractive shiny leaves and spreading habit make it an excellent ground cover for full sun.
USE BY PEOPLE & CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
Many nations had multiple uses, including making the leaves into a tea for stomach problems. The berries are often too juicy to dry, but would be made into fruit leathers and berry cakes. Berries preserved and processed during summer months would be a staple for winter and stored in specially woven food stores to last through until spring.
The flowers are important for local pollinators, and the berries are eaten by a wide range of animals. Host plant for numerous caterpillar species.
Can be propagated by rooting runners from the mother plant. Prefers coarse, sandy soils.
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