Beach strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
Photo by Don Loarie

beach strawberry

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions



Beach strawberry is a California native found on beaches and bluffs of the Western United States. It is a good substitute for invasive iceplant, as it forms a lush, compact mat of dark green foliage. It grows less than a foot high, and can be mowed in early spring to promote new growth. Pretty white flowers bloom in summer.

Performs best on the coast. Protect from hot inland sun. It is one of the parent species of cultivated strawberries.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted