Barren? Not really, this does have fruit resembling strawberries, with fertile seeds. What it doesn't have is flavor! This native plant makes a good ground cover, particularly near conifers. Barren strawberry grows in AL, AR, CT(S), GA, IL(E), IN(R), KY, MA(S), MD, ME(E), MI, MN, MO, NC, NH(T), NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, ON, and QC. Beal Gardens, Michigan State U., 4/12/12.