Fragaria orientalis is a diploid species of wild strawberry native to E. Asia – Eastern Siberia. It is occasionally cultivated as a novelty edible. It is called 东方草莓 (dong fang cao mei) in at least part of its native range.
- Fruit ripen purple-red with deeply inset ovoid achenes
- Hemispheric to obviate fruit
- Leaflets highly variable- 1–5 × 0.8–3.5 cm
- obovate or rhombic-ovate shape with slightly acute (pointed) tip
- abaxially pilose (fuzzy on the underside), especially near veins, slightly adaxial (near the stem/major midrib) pilose
- cuneate central leaflets, lateral (side) leaflets oblique (asymmetric)
- Flowers bisexual, rarely unisexual, 1–1.5 cm in diameter
This plant is cultivated as an edible herb, although it is relatively rare in cultivation. Plants for a Future offers a preliminary method of cultivation. Prefers a sunny position with moist, fertile soil for maximum production. However, plants can tolerate partial shade. Fragaria orientalis prefers a mulch of coniferous needles. They can be vigorous, spreading via runners. There is little invasive threat.
Fragaria orientalis is native to China and E Siberia, specifically the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi, as well as in Korea, Mongolia, and E Russia. These plants can be found in forests and meadows on mountain slopes, usually in the shade of forest trees at elevations of 600 – 4000 meters.