Such hybrids have been named Potentilla x rosea, and are sometimes referred to as Fragraria x Potentilla hybrids. Some of these plants die off in winter, but the survivors spread again the following sping, especially if encouraged with fresh cocoa-hulls or if they have access to plenty of aged bark nuggets.
There seems to be some confusion as to whether Lipstick fruits or not. In my experience, the older and better established the bed, the more fruit you will get. Newly established beds from daughter-plant offsets simply won't make fruit, for me, anyhow. Some of these plants die off in winter, but the survivors spread again the following sping, especially if encouraged with fresh cocoa-hulls or if they have access to plenty of aged bark nuggets.
The plant will spread if you do not constrain it by cutting off the runners, but it is not really what you would call aggressive: Even in soil, it is easy to weed out of where you don't want it. The one place Lipstick might make itself a nuisance is in a rock garden--somehow, the runners manage to tunnel from one spot to another, so daughter plants tend to pop out of rock garden beds at some distance from the mother plant. For this reason, I would not plant Lipstick in a rock garden, especially not with small alpines--it will overwhelm them.
Was retiring to zip 8 miles southeast of Winnsboro TX northeast TX late and was not going to leave these beauties behind have not seen them again in the nurseries so I prepared a planter with soil from my compost, transplanted to it and brought them with me in Feb They are still in the planter in my front yard flower bed, facing South with our afternoons topping mid 80's and are not only beautiful with foliage and flowers but are prolifically producing fruit.
The fruit were odd shaped but now are long plump juicy sweet fruit! You would think someone sprinkled sugar o I will add as far as intense sun we haven't arrived at summer yet - extreme temps will make a difference I am sure but it is yet to be seen.
The entire flower bed is planted where trees and shrubs begin shading in the late afternoon early evening 5 PM or so. We live half way up a hill that is facing true East with the flower bed running with the hill and then as I said before the front of the long up hill flower bed faces the true South.
The plants did great in the semi shade in deep southeast TX and now even better in full sun in northeast TX. Another reference would be 40 miles due north of Tyler Texas. I have a prolific bearing Wild Strawberry that has large delicious fruit but I prefer the sweet taste of the Lipstick. In Zone , this plant blossoms all year long. It will produce more fruit if it is in a sunnier location and kept watered and fertilized. The fruit is red on the outside, whitish on the inside, and has a sweet perfumy flavor - I wish it produced more!
This plant has been very hardy in a zone 4 rock garden. It is totally unprotected. I'm happy that I put it within rock crevices, as it could become uncontrollable if given free rein.
The runners will extend 3 feet or more over the rocks, but fortunately it is easy to cut them off if you don't like where they are going. I have found it to bloom profusely for quite a long time.
Haven't seen fruits yet, but it's early in the year. I also planted Pink Panda, and I think this one is more vigorous and better flowering. I am zone 6 even though we are a seattle suburb due to my altitude. Can be invasive in frostfree area's, still it's easy to control and is very sensitive to herbicides. Grow it in a sheltered space if you live in zones lower then USDA 6.
Can grow in shade or partial shade but won't get any fruits; it needs alot of sun for fruit production, it is not a reliable fruit producer and the fruits are often small.
Hybridize it back to other fragaria's for better fruit production , and it can be crossed with alot of potentilla because it it one of it's parents. Pros Evergreen Blooms from late april to early winter, blooms a Can be crossed with other fragaria's Can be crossed with alot of potentilla's can be grown in light shade or shade Not fussy about soil unlike other fragaria's, but grow best in fertile soil for fruit production.
Cons Not reliable evergreen in colder zones - 6A 5A thus require a sheltered spot, Mulch heavily if sudden cold snaps appear the year after they are hardened enough.
Tiny fruits and often no fruits at all - this only happens when there are too many cold snaps especially in zones colder then 6 protect them in spring with mulch and in zone 8 or higher they can produce fruit every year. Can be invasive in tropical or sub-tropical Enviroments. Not very compact , more spreading like.
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