Wild Strawberry

wild strawberry plantWild Strawberry
(Fragaria virginiana)

A low native perennial often forming large colonies by means of runners. Leaf made up of 3 obovate, dentate leaflets each usually 2-3 inches long. The sweet fleshy red fruits are more flavorsome than cultivated varieties.

The strawberry flower cluster is a series of branches that bear a flower in the crotch of each branch, the first branch having the largest, or primary flower, the next two crotches bear the secondary flowers and so on to as many as 16 quinary flowers. The primary flower produces the largest fruit, which is an aggregate of achenes.

Common in old fields and woodland borders. May-June.

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