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.
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