Waldsteinia is a small group of plants in the rose (Rosaceae) family. There are only six species of Waldsteinia, with the most common being W. ternata, or barren strawberry. The species are all very similar in appearance, featuring small yellow flowers and a creeping growth habit. The maximum height of the plant is 10 inches, with a maximum width of 36 inches, according to the University of Vermont. The basic care needs of the species are the same, but some species thrive better in cooler areas than others.
Waldsteinia plants grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, according to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. W. parviflora and W. lobata do best in the hotter growing zones 7 and 8. The rest of the species (W. ternata, W. willdenow, W. fragarioides and W. geoides) thrive in cool climates such as found in the Pacific Northwest.
Soil and Water
Waldsteinia plants are quite hardy and will grow in a wide variety of soil types, according to the University of Illinois. They prefer soil that is on the dry side and are tolerant of drought conditions.
This is one ground cover that cannot tolerate full shade. Waldsteinia grows best in partial shade or even in full sunlight, making this plant a good choice for those hot, dry areas of the garden.
Waldsteinia grows on rhizomes (horizontal, underground roots) and on stolons (low-to-the-ground, horizontal branches). The hardy nature of the plant may cause it to develop weedy tendencies, according to the University of Vermont. For that reason, occasional pruning may be needed to control the boundaries of the plant.
Waldsteinia does not suffer from any serious diseases or insect pest problems, according to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Still, it can suffer from the occasional case of leaf spot and may develop root rot if the soil is kept overly wet. These fungal diseases can be prevented by watering only sparingly and at ground level.