Native Plant of the Month: Wild Strawberry

Photo of Wild Strawberry.

Common Name: Wild Strawberry 

Binomial Name: Fragaria vesca 

Soil Type: Well-drained to moist 

Sunlight: Sun to partial shade 

Plant Type: Groundcover 

Foliage: Deciduous 

Resembling a strawberry plant from your garden with a few differences. The leaves are mostly the same just smaller and have yellow to green leaves instead of the darker green to blue. They produce a white to pink flower with five petals that bloom from spring to early summer. The fruits produced are small pink version of a garden strawberry they are mushy and very bland so it is not advised to eat them but they are edible. Most likely well suited for squirrels or other animals. Wild strawberries make an attractive yet functional groundcover for any yard and are easily transplanted.