Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana/vesca)

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana/vesca)
Also known as: fraisier des champs, fraisier des bois


Bloom time: April – May

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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.

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.

Distribution Map:

Distribution Map

This species is monitored in:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Wild strawberries have more Vitamin C per gram than oranges.