Ground covers

Waldsteinia ternata

Waldsteinia Ternata Golderdbeere
Waldsteinia Ternata Golderdbeere
Waldsteinia Ternata Golderdbeere
Waldsteinia Ternata Golderdbeere
Waldsteinia Ternata Golderdbeere

Waldsteinia ternata

English name: barren strawberry

Similar in appearance to the strawberry; however, strawberry (Fragaria) has white blossoms and carries edible fruits.


The Waldsteinia ternata is a convenient ground cover plant. Even under difficult circumstances (drought, shade) and on a barren soil, Waldsteinia ternata is a wonderful perennial that can be used to cover the soil beautifully and quickly.


Properties of Waldsteinia ternata

  • Flower colour: yellow
  • Leaves: green
  • Flowering period: April tot May
  • Evergreen
  • Fully hardy
  • Use: wild gardens, small-scale and large-scale bed planting
  • Height: 5 – 20 cm
  • Position: sun, half shade, shade
  • Soil: dry to regular but humous soil

Waldsteinia ternata is satisfied with a shady position. Waldsteinia ternata makes low demands but prefers a soil rich in humus; usually, a rather dry soil does not pose any problem. By its creeping growth, the plant forms a thick carpet that covers the soil, and it is very easily combined with other plants. It can be used e.g. as plant cover under shrubs, in rock gardens and along paths. During flowering in late spring and early summer, single, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers occur in clusters that contrast beautifully with the green leaves. The plant can also carry (inedible) berries. Waldsteinia ternata originates from south-eastern Europe.


Limited maintenance
With Covergreen Waldsteinia ternata, weeds get much less opportunity to develop. Covergreen Waldsteinia ternata plant mats completely cover the soil immediately after installation, minimising the need for weeding. As Covergreen Waldsteinia ternata covers the soil, weeds have great difficulty to grow through it and, more importantly, weed seeds can hardly reach the soil through the dense vegetation and do not receive the sunlight they need in order to grow.


Waldsteinia ternata does not need to be cut back in spring, but doing so gives it a boost with newly-formed fresh leaves (though flowering will be a little less abundant).
Generally speaking, when spring flowering of Waldsteinia ternata is not abundant, this can indicate a lack of potassium in the soil, which can be compensated for by a suitable fertiliser with a high potassium content (around September).
When Waldsteinia ternata eventually grows beyond its intended position, you can easily cut off excess plant parts with a spade.
Covergreen Waldsteinia ternata can be combined very well with:


  • Vinca minor
  • Epimedium
  • Pulsatilla
  • solitary perennials
  • Euphorbia
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)

By their tightly rooted vegetation cover, Covergreen plant mats protect well against soil erosion, and they prevent washing away of sand. For this reason, Covergreen Waldsteinia ternata is often installed on inclines and banks. As Waldsteinia ternata thrives in the shade, it is very suitable for planting below trees.

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