Fragaria virginiana

Common Names: Virginia strawberry, wild strawberry, common strawberry
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Rose family

One of two species of strawberry that were hybridized to create the modern domesticated garden strawberry. A ground-hugging plant rising from a fibrous, perennial root system. Hairy leaf petioles, up to 6 in. long, each bear a single trifoliate leaf. The hairy flower stalk gives rise to a loose cluster of small, five-petaled white flowers. The fruit is a red receptacle and the surface is dotted with achenes (like seeds).

Found in patches in fields and dry openings, prairies, woodland edges. Blooms April to June.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: An ancestor of the common, domesticated strawberry. Berries are edible, sweet, and taste like the domesticated strawberry, only smaller. Strawberries are widely available in supermarkets.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.