Barren Strawberry

Waldsteinia ternata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Waldsteinia (wald-STINE-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: ternata (ter-NAY-tuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Tuskegee, Alabama

Pensacola, Florida

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Lawrence, Kansas

Clyde, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 6, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I saw this on a Garden Conservatory Open Days Tour, and at one Japanese inspired home, this ground cover was all the buzz. Beautifully articulated glossy leaves, uniformly low, growing far and wide in sun, under open azeleas and into the evergreen shade. In Oregon, it's listed as an ornamental alternative to English Ivy, which is listed as Class B Noxious Weed.


On Jun 3, 2005, Teresa_IL from Bolingbrook, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

From my closeup picture, you can see that my foliage is speckled, unlike the others, although I can't find any reference to there being different cultivars. It is a very distinctive and nice look. The bright yellow flowers stand up and look spectacular in a field in spring and fall, and the evergreen foliage looks good all year. It spread VERY fast, from 1 sq ft to about 600 sq ft in 2 yrs, forming a solid mat which choked out all other weeds and plants, and it climbs and grows over small bushes, etc, so it could be pretty invasive.


On Apr 19, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This can be a good ground cover plant for a wide range of sites around the garden, tolerating sun and light shade. Once established, plants even thrive in the very dry conditions found under trees or on a bank. The foliage, which is evergreen, attractively serrated and lobed, and resembles that of strawberries, builds up into dense, weed-smothering carpets. The flowers, in late spring and early summer, are single, bright yellow, and stand out well against the deep green foliage. I 've grown it one season in my garden, but pulled everything spreaded to fast in my limited-space-garden and it did 'nt really fit either. Seeds are very easy to sow.