Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana
Rosaceae or Rose Family


Low plant, spreading by runners. Leaves divided into three egg-shaped, coarsely toothed, and strongly veined leaflets. Flowers white, with 5 nearly round petals and narrow sepals between the petals. Fruit resembles cultivated strawberry, but much smaller, edible.

Lovely native relative of the cultivated berry. Occasional in open areas in Wildwood, especially on the eastern edge near the watertower.

The relatively large flowers and the three-part toothed leaves are good identifiers. The fruit is a clincher if you can find it before the wildlife does. Mock strawberry (Duchesnea indica) has similar leaves and fruits that look like strawberries, but are tasteless; however, it has yellow flowers.

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