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PlantFiles: Strawberry
Fragaria 'Pink Panda'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fragaria (frag-AY-ree-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Panda
Additional cultivar information: (PP7598, aka Frel)
Hybridized by Ellis; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1989

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 13, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is an attractive ornamental but yields little fruit. Very resistant to the usual strawberry pests and diseases. Spreads and trails freely by stolons.

The cultivar name is 'Frel'. "Pink Panda" is a trade name. This is an intergeneric hybrid and not F. x ananassa.

US Plant Patent 7,598 has expired.

Positive Westwoodian On Jul 7, 2012, Westwoodian from Edmonton, Alberta
Canada wrote:

We have grown Pink Pandas successfully for several years. Yummy little berries! We moved the plants this year and to our surprise the flowers were now white and the berries, although still delicious, were normal strawberry size.

Has anyone else experienced such a transformation?

Positive ms_greenjeans On Nov 24, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted a few of these in between rocks, and they are performing very well. They bloomed from spring until frost with only a few brief periods of rest. Even then the foliage looks nice. Very little care needed. This variety is not as aggressive as Lipstick.

Positive bonehead On Nov 25, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Glossy leaves covered with pink blooms in May, continues to flower throughout summer. Birds like the berries. Spreads freely, but doesn't become a pest.

Neutral Eileen_Keeney On Apr 30, 2006, Eileen_Keeney from Corvallis, OR wrote:

I believe this plant has shown up in my strawberry patch.
I have one strawberry plant, with a pink flower, which looks like the flower shown in the photo for this plant.
All my other strawberry plants have white flowers.
I planted three breeds of strawberry about 3 years ago. I do not remember what breeds I planted.

Positive frankford On Feb 23, 2005, frankford from East Lansing, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Foilage seems to stay green all winter long.The plant establishes itself quite rapidly with good watering and planting technique. I love how trails over my raised bed wall.

Neutral Weezingreens On Nov 24, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This ornamental strawberry, often called Strawberry Potentilla is a hybrid cross between the wild strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis and Potentilla palustris. It was first produced in England. Though it looks entirely like a strawberry, it's blooms are bright pink, and its tiny fruits are less impressive, and more infrequent. In warmer climates, this plant will bloom longer if it is in partial shade. Picking the fruit will also encourage blooms.

Propagate by moving the trailing stolons. As with all strawberries, when planting, keep plant crowns above ground. Plant in rich humus and water regulary. It is an attractive spreading ground cover, and also adapts to hanging pots, containers and window boxes.

Positive Evert On Oct 19, 2001, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Pink Panda strawberry is a cute plant. It spreads alot if it has good soil and space to grow, and especially in warmer climates. Do not let the soil dry if the spot is sunny and hot.

Pink Panda is the result of crossing Potentilla palustris and Fragaria chiloensis.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alameda, California
Magalia, California
Clifton, Colorado
Pembroke, Massachusetts
Hopkins, Minnesota
Croton On Hudson, New York
Bend, Oregon
Corvallis, Oregon
San Antonio, Texas
Chimacum, Washington
Stanwood, Washington

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