Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa 'Pink Panda') in the Strawberries Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Edible
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Fermented
Dynamic Accumulator: Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets

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Comments:
Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 21, 2014 8:46 AM

A happy-go-lucky little groundcover. Does well in sun to part-shade. Sends off shoots readily to multiply, and is easy to transplant. I like this at the front of beds, extending as far as they will go under shrubs and taller perennials. It makes a nice bright statement in full spring bloom, then continues to flower sporadically throughout summer. The teeny little berries are rather insipid, but the birds (and chickens) like them. Makes a nice pairing with Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) as a companion ground cover that is more shade tolerant and will stay farther back in the bed.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 11, 2018 12:57 PM

Way back in the spring of 2003 I bought a few pots of this 'Pink Panda' Strawberry from a K-Mart. I planted them into my front yard peninsula bed that was full sun in its beginning. They did well and made a nice delicate groundcover. However, as the trees grew large and have shaded that bed, they have declined. Some are still there, but not nearly as much with too much shade and competition from other perennials. It blooms well in May and then some sporatic flowering until fall. I have never seen much fruit from this cultivar. This cultivar was developed in England to be an ornamental groundcover from a perennial that was a cross between the Marsh Cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris) x the Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) and then back-crossed again with the strawberry.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What's Blooming 2017 - Photos and Chat. by NJBob Jan 1, 2018 8:14 PM 1,563
NW shade ground cover plants and also sun loving plants that need less water by aothompson Jul 1, 2017 9:02 AM 12
Flowering perennial groundcover by Guybo May 15, 2014 5:08 AM 25

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