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Wild Strawberry

Fragaria vesca

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 unnotched white petals having no gaps between them. Individual flowers up to 2cm across.
Fruit:
Not actually a berry despite its name. The fruit is green and later turns red. The seeds of Wild Strawberry appear on the outside surface of the fruit. Wild Strawberries are much smaller and stronger-flavoured than the cultivated varieties that you buy at the supermarket. The maximum size of the fruit is 1cm in diameter.
Leaves:
A compound, glossy, long-stalked leaf with 3 leaflets. Each leaflet is toothed and the teeth are pointed. The leaf darkens with age. The underside of the leaf is paler than the upper surface.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The fruit can be eaten raw. The fresh or dried leaves can be used to make tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Sweetly aromatic. The 'fraga' part of fragaria in the Latin name refers to the fragrance of Strawberry.
Other Names:
Alpine Strawberry, Carpathian Strawberry, European Strawberry, Wood Strawberry, Woodland Strawberry.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, mountains, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.