Varieties

Here’s a list of varieties currently being grown and tested or on their way from suppliers: Please note that in the past we listed and sold varieties that are not alpine types. We have refocused our business to include only alpine types. We also grow and sell musk strawberries but will not list them here. Visit our musk strawberry site at www.muskstrawberries.com.

Fragaria vesca ‘Alexandria’
Fragaria vesca ‘Mignonette’
Fragaria vesca ‘Variegata’
Fragaria vesca ‘Fragola Quattra Stagioni’ (Italian Four Seasons)
Fragaria vesca ‘Fragola di Bosco’ (Italian)
Fragaria vesca ‘Yellow Wonder’
Fragaria vesca ‘Yellow Delight’
Fragaria vesca ‘White Delight’
Fragaria vesca ‘Pineapple Crush’
Fragaria vesca ‘Baron Solemacher’
Fragaria vesca Albicarpa (Alba)
Fragaria vesca ‘Ruegen’
Fragaria vesca ‘Ruegen Improved’
Fragaria vesca ‘Golden Alpine’
Fragaria vesca ‘Red Wonder’
Fragaria vesca ‘Ali Baba’
Fragaria vesca ‘Golden Alexandria’
Fragaria vesca ‘New Giant’
Fragaria vesca ‘Norrland’
Fragaria vesca ‘Rodluvan’
Fragaria vesca ‘Snovit’
Fragaria vesca ‘Snow King’
Fragaria vesca ‘Frost King’
Fragaria vesca ‘Ever More’
Fragaria vesca ‘Regina’
Fragaria vesca ‘White Soul’
Fragaria vesca vesca (Two wild forms, one with runners, one with few)
Fragaria vesca ‘Ivory’
Fragaria vesca ‘White Solemacher’
Fragaria vesca ‘Holiday’
Fragaria vesca ‘Intensity’
Fragaria vesca ‘Poziomka’

More variety descriptions have recently been added and more will be added soon.. We have tons of pictures and observations but not a lot of time.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Mignonette'
‘Mignonette’
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‘Mignonette’ produces scarlet red fruit that has an intense ‘wild’ aroma. Let a few ripe fruit sit in a bowl in a room and before long you’ll notice the heavenly scent. This is my favorite variety and the one that’s said to be put into champagne to flavor it. The plants do not runner and are strong growers and have been hardy in my zone 7 even without winter protection. Plants given the space and full sun will be more than 18″ across and 12″ tall.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Regina'
‘Regina’
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‘Regina’ is the English name for Regina delle Valli and Reine des Vallees. Regina delle Valli is the Italian name while Reine des Vallees is the French name. This variety is the European standard for commercial production and for home gardens. The variety is very difficult to find in North America.

The fruit is red and the plants are vigorous. We have evaluated production but do not have the results analized at this time (Nov 2008). Now that we have a plentiful supply we will be testing it extensively in the future. This variety is highly recommended based on wide scale use in Europe.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Yellow Delight'
‘Yellow Delight’
‘Yellow Delight’seed are nearly impossible to find. I had some old seed from 2002 and seeded it in 2007. The germination was around 50% which was higher than expected.Fruit have a mild flavor and aroma, not as intense as ‘Mignonette’. The fruit seems to “melt in your mouth” in a way. One huge advantage is that the birds don’t seem to be attracted to the yellow varieties. The plants do not runner and are strong growers that can get every bit as large as ‘Mignonette’ given the room to grow. I’ve had plants survive over the winter many times without winter protection in my zone 7.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Alexandria'
‘Alexandria’
‘Alexandria’ fruit does not tend to be deep scarlet color when fully ripe. It is a dark red typically. This variety has produced the most fruits and the highest total weight for the season so far (up to early June 2007). The plants tend to be larger than ‘Mignonette’ and are hardy to my zone 7 without winter protection. The plants don’t runner. My recommendation is to space the plants at least 18″ apart or use a very large container for maximum production.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Pineapple Crush'
‘Pineapple Crush’
‘Pineapple Crush’ does have a hint of pineapple flavor as its name implies. This variety seems to be hard to find and is available from few sources. The fruit seem to be more yellow than some of the other yellow varieties. When the fruit is ripe the seeds have a light green color but tend to darken as they dry. The fruit is indeed tasty and “melts in your mouth” when fully ripe. The plants seem to be productive and hardy but not real large like ‘Alexandria’. We evaluated production in the spring of 2008 but have not had time yet to analize the results. This variety has the potential to be highly productive based on observations of the fruit load and growth. The taste is very sweet with a hint of pineapple. It is becoming one of my favorites.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Golden Alexandria' leaves
‘Golden Alexandria’
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The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Golden Alexandria' fruit
‘Golden Alexandria’
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‘Golden Alexandria’ fruit are red which contrasts sharply with the foliage color. Foliage ranges from lime green to yellowish green. I’m not yet sure if sunlight intensity effects foliage color. It’s easy to find the ripe red fruit in the canopy of the plant because of the colors. The fruit color and shape seem to be similar to ‘Mignonette’. The plants seem to be hardy but I believe due to the leaf color don’t grow as fast as their green leafed companions. This can be important when trying to grow plants large enough in the fall to survive the winter. I had one plant that was on the small side in the fall going into winter and it struggled to get started growing the next spring. Seedlings also don’t seem to be as vigorous as other varieties. I think all of these characteristics are related to leaf color and the photosynthesis process.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Yellow Wonder'
‘Yellow Wonder’
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‘Yellow Wonder’is very similar to ‘Yellow Delight’. I tested the two varieties together in the spring of 2008 but have not yet analized the results. In single plant trials in 2007 this variety is among the most productive varieties, very close in production to ‘Alexandria’. The fruit is very tasty with the “melt in your mouth” flavor and a strong aroma.The BEST thing about this variety and other yellow/white varieties is that the birds leave them alone. This variety is one of the key varieties in our fruit production program. I would have to say that after ‘Mignonette’, this is likely my second favorite variety.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Fragola di Bosco'
‘Fragola di Bosco’
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‘Fragola di Bosco’is an Italian alpine strawberry. I read that the Italians have about 50 acres of alpines under cultivation and for years I was not interested in this variety. I don’t know why though.I bought some seed last year and so far have been impressed with this cultivar. The plants seem to be very vigorous and start producing quickly. The fruit are of nice size and seem to have a slightly different taste than varieties like ‘Mignonette’. Not different bad, just different and hard to explain. A pleasant taste and truly a fraises des bois taste. It might be me but the fruit does seem to be more delicate than other varieties – if that’s possible. They do seem to be softer and more easily crushed. So many of them go directly from the plant to my mouth that it’s difficult to say such things with certainty!!!I think you’ll be pleased with this variety. I don’t think I would recommend it above others, but if you’re growing and taste testing red cultivars of alpine strawberries, this one should be included.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'New Giant'
‘New Giant’
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‘New Giant’is a new variety for me this season (2007). It was started from seed. This is one of the first fruit obtained so it’s not the best one. It wasn’t completely ripe yet. Most of the plants produced runners but two didn’t. This may be due to variation from seed. I’m assuming that it’s a runnering variety though I don’t have much information from the source on this. The plants are vigorous but as yet have not produced a lot of fruit. Since it’s a runnering variety I will probably not enter this variety into 2008 production trials. Rather, I’ll continue to observe it to see if there is reason to test it in the future.BTW: I just ran across a reference to this variety. The reference says that it is an improved cultivar of ‘Ruegen’, but that doesn’t explain the runners.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Alba'
‘White Delight’

‘Alba’ also known as ‘Fructu-Alba’ and ‘White Delight’is different than any white fruiting variety that I ever grew. It does produce runners and grows strongly. Fruit color is slightly different than the yellows and is closer to a white color as it’s name implies. The plants tend to grow quickly but interestingly ‘cut out’ late in the season. In early September of 2007 I noticed leaves starting to die back. I suspected root rot but upon examining the roots, no root rot was indicated. The whole block of plants tended to die back at the same time. I have asked several experts but have not received a response. I suspect that this variety has tendencies toward being a “June Bearer” but the verdict is still out on that.The fruit has the same terrific taste that one would expect but I have not tested it extensively enough to point out other attributes.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'White Solemacher'
‘White Solemacher’
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‘White Solemacher’ is the white version of ‘Baron Solemacher’. It is mentioned in online literature but until now has not been available in North America and I can’t even find it in Europe. The Solemachers are German varieties. It is mentioned in the literature that red ‘Baron Solemacher’ is the same as ‘Reine des Vallées’ which is the most common variety in Europe as I understand it. We have since found ‘Regina’ (discussed above) which is more likely to be ‘Regine des Vallees’.

We have not had this variety for long so we don’t know a lot about it’s flavor or growth patterns. I appears to be very similar to ‘Baron Solemacher’ in growth and fruit size. The color is of course white for the fruit and it does seem a little sweeter than the red. It will be extensively testing in coming years and we’ll report on those results when they’re available.

The fruit at the left is not yet mature. That is the reason we did not pick it. It “plumps up” when ripe.

The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Ivory'
‘Ivory’
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‘Ivory’ is a very surprising variety. The fruit are white and seem to have a stronger aroma than other varieties. It is also very productive. We plan tests with it in 2009 but so far I’m impressed with this new variety. The plants are strong growers and it’s now August and we’re getting a lot of fruit from this variety. I hope it holds up next summer as well.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Holiday'
‘Holiday’
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‘Holiday’ is a new yellow fruiting variety that we acquired from Eastern Europe. So far we don’t know a lot about it but the plants are doing well in the heat (it’s now August 2008) and producing some but not a lot. This is understandable in the heat of summer. The picture of the fruit at the left is still on the plant and not quite ripe. It will “plump up” some when it is fully ripe.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Frost King'
‘Frost King’
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‘Frost King’is a very interesting variety. The plants produce runners and is a short day variety meaning that it produces fruit in the spring only.We don’t have a handle on production yet. The fruit is especially sweet though smaller than the fruit of some other varieties. The shape of the fruit is also different.as can be seen in the image at the left. We are not currently offering this variety either as seeds or as plants but are increasing out stock to offer it in the future.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Cresta'
‘Variegata’
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‘Variegata’ is a variegated leaf variety that we’ve played around with for some time. We tried growing it in full sun and it burns up. One introduction that we had a couple of years ago didn’t survive our winter here in Zone 7. We continue to test it but now only in a shady spot. Honestly, we have never had one of these produce fruit but I’m told that the fruit is red. The foliage color alone is a good reason to keep trying with this variety and the fruit would be a nice bonus. We will write more about this variety when we know a little more about it. For now, we have only a few plants so we won’t be offering them for sale any time soon.
The Strawberry Store - Alpine Strawberry 'Snow King'
‘Snow King’
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‘Snow King’ suprised us. We expected the fruit to be white but the image at the left shows that assumption to be wrong. We don’t know a lot about this variety yet and are not offering it at this time either as seeds or plants. More will be reported about it as time goes on.

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