Fragaria vesca

wood strawberry

Habit: horizontal, spreading by long leafless runners, seed or short rhizomes. Leaves are comprised of three oval leaflets that are deciduous and thin, hairy below with toothed margins. The tooth at the tip of the leaflet is larger than those around it differing from the other strawberries. Three to 11 flowers bloom in an open cluster from mid spring to early summer. Flowers are small with white to light pink petals.

Ecology: found at elevations between 100-6500 ft (30-2000 m) in partially shady forest openings, mixed conifer forests and near the edge of water in moist forests, giving it the common name of wood strawberry.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade in moist well-drained soil.

The fruit of Fragaria vesca is smaller than the coast strawberry but just as delicious and sweet.


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Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Height: up to 4 in (10 cm)
Width: 4-40 in (10-100 cm)
USDA Zones: 3b-9b
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.