Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana/vesca)
Bloom time: April – May
General: Small plant that grows in woods or fields, often forming little colonies.
Leaves & Twigs: Leaves grow from the stem base and are divided into three, deep-toothed leaflets, that appear before the flowers.
Flowers & Fruits
- Each plant has three-to-five white flowers.
- Flowers are 7-10 mm long and each has five petals.
- Fruits look like miniatures of store-bought strawberries.
Habitat: Found in abandoned fields, along roads and in open woodlands.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Wild strawberries have more Vitamin C per gram than oranges.