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Not to be confused with Potentilla sterilis also called barren strawberry, or mock strawberry (Potentilla indica).

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Scientific classification

Waldsteinia fragarioides (syn. Dalibarda fragarioides Michx. and Geum fragarioides, also called Appalachian barren strawberry, or just barren strawberry, is a low, spreading plant with showy yellow flowers that appear in early spring. This plant is often used as an underplanting in perennial gardens.

In some ways the appearance is similar to other low plants of the rose family such as Fragaria (strawberries) or Potentilla indica (Indian strawberry), but it lacks runners and has more rounded leaves.

It is native to eastern North America, from Minnesota, Ontario, Quebec, and Maine south to Indiana and Pennsylvania (and as far south as North Carolina in the mountains).

It is evergreen.

Conservation status in the United States

It is listed endangered in Connecticut, Illinois, and Maine, as threatened in New Hampshire, as a special concern in Massachusetts, and as rare in Indiana.

Native American ethnobotany

The Iroquois take a compound decoction of the plants as a blood remedy, and apply a poultice of the smashed plants to snakebites.

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