Waldsteinia fragarioides

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Not to be confused with Potentilla sterilis also called barren strawberry, or mock strawberry (Potentilla indica).
Barren strawberry
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Waldsteinia
Species: W. fragarioides
Binomial name
Waldsteinia fragarioides
(Michx.) Tratt.

Waldsteinia fragarioides (syn. Dalibarda fragarioides Michx.), also called Appalachian barren strawberry,[1] or just barren strawberry, is a low, spreading plant with showy yellow flowers that appear in early spring. This plant is often used as an underplanting in perennial gardens.

In some ways the appearance is similar to other low plants of the rose family such as Fragaria (strawberries) or Potentilla indica (Indian strawberry), but it lacks runners and has more rounded leaves.[2]

It is native to eastern North America, from Minnesota, Quebec, and Maine south to Indiana and Pennsylvania (and as far south as North Carolina in the mountains).[2]


  1. ^ "Waldsteinia fragarioides". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny (1968). A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America. ISBN 978-0-395-91172-3. 

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