Fragaria sikkimensis Kurz
Potentilla daltoniana (J.Gay) Mabb.
Fragaria daltoniana is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a rosette of leaves from a central rootstock; the plant can grow 4 - 6cm tall, spreading freely by means of stolons to form a colony
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - Himalayan regions of western China, northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, northern Myanmar
Forests, shrubberies and shady banks; at elevations from 2,000 - 3,600 metres from Uttar Pradesh to Sikkim[
]. Thickets, meadows on mountain tops; at elevations from 3,300 - 5,000 metres[
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Prefers a fertile, well-drained, moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates semi-shade though fruit production will be reduced.
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 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[
Fruit - raw[
]. Virtually flavourless[
]. The pink or white, globose fruit can be up to 25mm x 15mm[
The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers[
A good ground cover plant spreading rapidly by means of surface stolons[
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.