Alpine Strawberry 'Ruegen'
The Ruegen is an improved strain of the famous Alpine Strawberry with intensely delicious fruit on beautiful, naturally ever-bearing, compact plants without runners. Clusters of large, white flowers followed by remarkably sweet, tasty red berries, June - late fall. Evergreen in warmer areas.
The compact, heavy blooming, runner-less perennial plants produce large amounts of fragrant and tasty strawberries continuously from spring through fall. Space the plants at least 18" apart or use a very large container for maximum production. Superb in containers. Will often naturalize in partly shaded well watered areas of your garden.
Day-neutral, grows best in zones 5-8, but will tolerate colder climates with heavy mulching. Fruit production will be sporadic the first fall, but will start to produce from the second year on wards. Plant has compact growth and spreads by increasing its root mass, not by runners.
All strawberries up until the mid 1700's were all of the alpine or wood type; being very small, highly aromatic and having much more flavor than would be thought possible for their size. These characteristics are what made them so remarkable, along with their intense sweetness.
A gourmet delight, these "fraises des bois" of legend, date to the 1700's. Great in fruit salads, on cereal, stirred into chocolate-chip cookies, or on top of cheesecake. Simmered in a little sugar they can be used to infuse teas and vinegar's.
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So So SO delicious. These are everbearing tiny little strawberries packed with flavorful sweetness. I have grown these in several garden locations and notice that they taste sweeter with more sunlight. A favorite of all who taste it.
It wintered well despite the extreme cold for this area. It is a neat compact plant that continues to do well and is a nice addition to our garden