Fragaria corymbosa Losinsk.
Fragaria uniflora Losinsk.
Fragaria orientalis is a herbaceous, perennial plant forming a rosette of leaves from a central rootstock. The plant can grow 5 - 30cm tall and wide, spreading freely by means of long stolons to form colonies[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is harvested from the wild for commercial purposes in eastern Asia[
E. Asia - Eastern Siberia.
Forests and open mountain slopes, especially on stony surfaces[
]. Meadows on mountain slopes, in the shade of forest trees; at elevations from 600 - 4,000 metres[
Prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced.
Plants like a mulch of pine or spruce leaves[
During the growing season new plants are produced on runners - prostrate stems emerging from the leaf axils of mature plants. These runners are used as propagation material[
A vigorous plant, spreading quickly by means of runners[
]. Plants flower freely with us, but have not as yet fruited at our Cornwall trial ground, possibly because they are all one clone[
Fruit - raw[
]. Sweet and succulent. The purple fruit is hemispherical[
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.