Virginia strawberries are native to North America. Scientifically they are Fragaria virginiana. Their history is important to the strawberry industry because they are one parent of hybrid strawberries. Explorers and colonists transported many types of plants to Europe before and after the colonization of America. Some of these plants “accidentally” crossed with the Chilean strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) that were transported from Chile to Europe.
There are few named varieties or selections of virginia strawberries. The most well known is Little Scarlet. It is grown in Great Britain by one grower. It is one ingredient in Little Scarlet Jam, possibly the most expensive jam on earth.
We started collecting and testing virginia strawberries a few years ago. We have sold plants and seeds of a selection originally collected in Michigan named ‘Intensity’. The other selections we have are all numbered, not named selections. We’re continuing to test these selections and may offer some as seed in the future.