Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)

Fragaria chiloensis
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Fragaria
Species: F. chiloensis

You may see them labeled as "Pacific Beach Strawberry". This is not a native plant to the U.S, but is a common ground cover in coastal areas. I bought a 5" pot beach strawberry at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden last October. It started to bear berries in mid-March. The tiny berries are about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) in diameter and are covered with achenes. The flavor is a bit tangy and very different from commercial strawberries. I really look forward to seeing it taking over the bare patch of my backyard!
The sketch is done with ink pen and watercolor.

May The Bb Power Be With You,

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