Mar. 7, 2021

woodland strawberry, Fragaria vesca

Woodland strawberry may be the most often seen but unrecognized wildflower we have. It's general appearance is very much the same as our other common species, F. virginiana. The most recognizable differences are the larger terminal tooth on leaflets, and seeds that are above the surface of the berry, rather than sunken. You are more likely to see woodland strawberries in at least partial shade. These are just as tasty as their relatives, and are often cultivated. Sometimes called alpine or European strawberry, these are native around the world. Here they're found in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, QC, and SK. Beal Gardens, MSU, 4/19/12. Rose family, Rosaceae.