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By Amy Grant
If you have a chunk of garden that you would like a ground cover for, then barren strawberry plants might just be the answer. What are these plants? Read this article for tips on growing and caring for barren strawberry plants.
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Waldsteinia ternata is a mat-forming plant that makes a great ground cover plant for the garden.
The plant is low maintenance, but can be tricky to get established.
It is able to grow in partial shade (preferable) and full sun, and prefers to grow in a sheltered location with a fairly fertile soil that is not overly alkaline.
The common name for this plant is the Barren Strawberry, though it is also referred to as Ternate or Siberian waldsteinia. The native growing range for this plant ranges from central Europe to East Asia.
Barren Strawberry photograph by Agnieszka Kwiecień, Creative Commons.
This low growing, carpet forming, semi-evergreen plant naturally grows in clumps, and can easily spread from its stolon or rhizomes. Although this is ideal for a ground cover plant, please be aware that it may take a little effort to control and may become invasive in some areas, so please check you local area growing recommendations before growing in the garden.
As the spreading of Barren Strawberry has a steady nature, it is not considered invasive in Europe.
Plants usually reach about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) in height, and after about five years of growth can reach a width of up to two feet (60 cm).
Waldsteinia ternata gets its common name from its leaves, which have three leaflets and resemble those of strawberries. The leaves are shiny, green, and grow as a rosette.
The plant blooms from April to June in its native range. Plants carry a solitary saucer-shaped flower with five petals that is carried above the main leaves. Flowers are about 2/3rd inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. Once blooming has completed, the plant bears an inedible berry.
This is the time of year to have a birthday! Imagine the edible bounty that is on display almost moment by moment as it emerges! To celebrate with a good friend the morning began with foraging out in the yard.
The edible garnish you see are pansy, cherry blossoms forget me nots on the celebratory dessert. On the plate the edible garnish you see fresh native current(of the Pacific Northwest), wild English daisy, dandelion, rosemary, butterbur, polyanthus, forsythia and oxalis flowers, wild garlic chives, and columbine leaves.The hard boiled eggwas dyed with scotch broom flowers the evening before.
The salad the ingredients was what was available that morning. We had overwintered veggies red lettuce, small kale and Swiss chard leaves, hairy bitter cress, purple dead nettle, dandelion, malva, yellow dock and herb Robert leaves (weeds), rosemary, mint and oregano leaves, angelicaand fennel, chives and the leaves from the flowers creeping jenny, oxalis, barren strawberries, butterbur, hollyhock, forget me nots.
Began with a beef broth and miso. The ingredients added came from the yard. These included overwintered leeks, kale and Swiss chard together with a few herbs, rosemaryand oregano. Sprinkled on top – rosemary flowers.
Tea was a wonderful infusion of bay laurel leaves!
Keeping it simple, for me, heightens the flavours of all the ingredients and there isn’t the heaviness of eating afterwards, only a sense of full filled that lasts through out the day! That means no snacking.
I heard back that this was the best birthday lunch ever!
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