Waldsteinia ternata
Common Name: waldsteinia
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Rosaceae
Native Range: Europe, Japan, China
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to June
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Waldsteinia, which is also known as barren strawberry, is a compact plant grown primarily as a ground cover. Features strawberry-like, trifoliate leaves arranged in rosettes, 5-petaled, strawberry-like, yellow flowers and inedible fruit (berries). Typically grows 4-6" tall and spreads by stolons and rhizomes to form a thick carpet of foliage.


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Interesting ground cover. Also effective as an edger (spreads somewhat slowly and surface runners are short).