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Fragaria chiloensis
beach strawberry, coastal strawberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in the coastal counties of Washington; Alaska to California.

Habitat: Sand dunes, strand, headlands, and other open coastal habitats.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous, scapose perennial with thick, reddish-tinged stolons that are covered with silky, spreading hairs, the scapes 3-10 cm. tall, shorter than the leaves.


Basal leaves numerous, the reddish-tinged petioles 4-10 cm. long; leaves trifoliate, the leaflets petiolate, the terminal one with a petiole to 10 mm. long; leaflets leathery, obovate, 1.5-4 cm. long, with coarse, rounded serrations above mid-length, deep green, shining and glabrous above, grayish-silky below.


Inflorescence of 5-15 flowers in an open cluster; calyx saucer-shaped, silky, with 5 elliptic bracteoles alternate with the 5 lanceolate lobes; petals 5, white, obovate-orbicular, 12-16 mm. long; stamens 20-25; pistils numerous.


Fruit an achene, 1/3 immersed in the hemispheric, hairy receptacle, which becomes enlarged to over 1.5 cm. broad, fleshy and red.

Accepted Name:
Fragaria chiloensis (L.) Mill.
Publication: Gard. Dict. (ed. 8) Fragaria no. 4. 1768.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. pacifica – beach strawberry, coastal strawberry    Occurring west of the Cascades crest in the coastal counties of Washington; Alaska to California. Alaska to California.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Fragaria chiloensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Fragaria chiloensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Fragaria chiloensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Fragaria chiloensis photos.

USDA Plants: Fragaria chiloensis information.

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