The meaning of the name, Fraises Des Bois, is Berries of the Woods but is also known by the name “Reine des Vallees” or Queen of the Valley. The plants grow a pyramidal mound in shape. Fraises Des Bois Alpine Strawberry flower and fruit continuously during the summer months until the temperature becomes colder in the early autumn. The deep red fruits are rounded or slightly conical and small and are a little over 1/2 inch. The highly aromatic fruits are sweet without acidity when ripe. This is an excellent choice for container gardens. Hardiness Zones 4-8.
Latin Name: Fragaria vesca
Site and Soil: Strawberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Strawberries are self fertile.
Hardiness: Alpine Strawberry is hardy to minus 10 F. or below.
Bearing Age: 1st year after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6-8″ in height.
Bloom Time: March-October
Ripening Time: Summer
Yield: 1 pint
Pests & Diseases: Strawberries are not bothered by insect pests or diseases. Use straw mulch to keep berries off of soil and to deter slugs.
USDA Zone: 4-8
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-24, H1, H2
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-45