Botanical Name: Fragaria daltoniana
Species: F. daltoniana
Synonyms: Fragaria sikkimensis, Fragaria rubiginosa, Potentilla daltoniana
Habitat: Fragaria daltoniana is native to E. Asia – Himalayas. It growes in forests, shrubberies and shady banks, 2000 – 3600 metres from Uttar Pradesh to Sikkim. Meadows on mountain tops, thickets at elevations of 3360 – 5000 metres.
Fragaria daltoniana is a perennial plant growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It has trifoliate leaves, cymose white flowers, and long slender runners, and are represented in cultivation mainly by horticultural forms derived from several wild species. It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Cultivation: Prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced. A very vigorous plant, spreading by means of runners. Fruits have only been produced occasionally on our trial ground in Cornwall, possibly because all the plants are the same clone.
Edible Uses: Fruits are eaten raw. Virtually flavourless. The globose fruit can be up to 2.5cm x 1.5cm
Medicinal Uses: The juice of the rot is used in the treatment of fevers
Other Uses: A good ground cover plant spreading rapidly by means of surface stolons.
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