Potentilla daisenensis Honda
Potentilla iinumae (Makino) Mabb.
Common Name: Strawberry
Fragaria iinumae is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a rosette of leaves from a central rootstock; it can grow up to 25cm wide and tall, spreading by means of stolons to form a colony.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - Russian Far East, northern and central Japan.
Moist sunny situations in alpine and sub-alpine regions[
Species in this genus generally prefer a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[
] and tolerate semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced in such a situation.
During the growing season new plants are produced on stolons - prostrate stems emerging from the leaf axils of mature plants. These runners are used as propagation material[
Likes a mulch of pine or spruce leaves[
Fruit - raw[
Young plants - cooked. Added to soups or used as a potherb[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. The seed can take 4 weeks or more to germinate. The seedlings are very small and slow-growing at first, but then grow rapidly. Prick them out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out during the summer.
Division of runners, preferably done in mid summer in order to allow the plants to become established for the following years crop[
]. They can also be moved in the following spring if required, though should not then be allowed to fruit in their first year. The runners can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.