Fragaria x 'Lipstick'Item #3721 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
Extremely showy, adaptable groundcover that rewards you with bright red flowers. This gently spreading perennial produces small shiny fruit but is prized for its ornamental value. Ideal for borders or stabilizing embankments, but also makes an excellent patio tub plant.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry conditions when established.Average Landscape Size:Fast-spreading perennial groundcover to 4 to 6 in. high, 12 to 20 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:fra-GAY-ri-aDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast-spreading perennial groundcover to 4 to 6 in. high, 12 to 20 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early spring through fallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasAn ideal groundcover under the canopies of flowering trees. Also provides good cover and greenery for small planters in part shade. Good groundcover for banks due to its spreading and self-rooting growth habit. Also found in rock gardens and where soils are thin or exceptionally poor. Can be mowed if foliage needs rejuvenating.Companion PlantsPlant this Strawberry under the canopies of such pretty spring-blooming trees as Snowdrift Crabapple (Malus x 'Snowdrift'), Mount Fuji Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Mount Fuji') and Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakamii). Grow beneath larger shade-loving shrubs with potent red flowers such as Bonanza Sasanqua Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza').
- CareCare InformationThrives in average to lean soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry conditions when established.
- History & LoreHistory:This variety is a hybrid of the original species, Fragaria chiloensis, a plant native to the Americas. It is found from Alaska south through California and again in Chile. The genus is from the Latin for fragrance, to describe the scent of flowers of the European species. This species was classified by the 18th century French expert on strawberries, Antoine Duchesne.Lore:This plant descends from the same species from which our edible strawberry plants were developed, F. chiloensis.