Woodland Strawberry, Fragaria vesca

Woodland Strawberry

Fragaria vesca

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Bloom Time: Summer
Hardiness Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: White
Fragrance: No
Height: .5 to .75 feet
Spacing: .75 feet

Woodland Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, is a small-fruited, ever-bearing wild strawberry. Varieties of the species are found in North America both naturally and as introduced. This is a compact, stemless, 4-8-inch tall plant that spreads indefinitely by runners that root as they go. Numerous, small, 5-petaled white flowers with yellow centers appear throughout summer. Tri-foliate, coarsely-toothed, green leaves. Flowers are followed by edible, bright red strawberries (1/2-inch long) that may be harvested throughout summer. Flowers and fruit are usually simultaneously present on plants in summer.

The fruits are quite tasty though smaller than domestic strawberries. It will take several years to establish a colony large enough for harvesting, likely more a novelty food than anything else.

Best grown in humusy, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers full sun. Plant will spread by runners and may self-seed if fruit is not harvested.

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Woodland strawberry is generally grown for its ornamental features because the fruits are so small.
  May be grown in containers or pots.
 Further Information

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