Wild Strawberry Fragaria vesca

Scientific Name: Fragaria vesca (Rosaceae).

English Name: Wild Strawberry; Woodland Strawberry; Alpine Strawberry; European Strawberry; Fraise des bois (Rose family).

French Name: Fraisier des bois (='woodland strawberry plant').

5 Key Characters:
  • edible fruit.
  • white flowers.
  • softly hairy.
  • leaves divided into three.
  • spreads by runners.

Lookalikes: Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis, which does not produce fruit and the terminal tooth of the leaves is shorter than the ones either side.

Habitat: Along tracks and paths, roadsides, embankments, hillsides, meadows, hedgerows, open woodland and clearings.

Flowering Period: April-May-June. Fruit June.

Status: Abundant throughout France. Has been eaten since prehistoric times. Widely cultivated until the development of the garden strawberry. 

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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