Name: Frageria ananassa aka Berried Treasure Red Strawberry from Proven Winners
Type of Plant: This is a perennial strawberry that flowers repeatedly and continually forms tasty fruit. Hardy from zone 4 through 9, a plant for full sun.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: The Proven Winners folks sent me this as a test plant last summer and I absolutely loved it all season. The foliage was a bright, clean green all summer. The plant produced many bloom stems with cheerful, dark pink flowers and these always developed into fruit.
A Word to the Wise This plant shows it’s ornamental abilities best in a pot where you can see the flower stems and fruit well. It would also be great on a wall that puts the plant at eye-level, or in window boxes. I grew my pot in part sun from dawn until about noon, and it was in constant flower from late-May into October. A winner for edible and ornamental uses.
Note that it’s very hard to protect strawberries from chipmunks and other critters…although I ate quite a few berries off of my plant, the chipmunks got more than I did. Since this plant is so beautiful I didn’t mind sharing, but if you’re growing berries for your winter survival, you might want to rig up some electrified hanging baskets (just kidding here…maybe) or other protection.