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Fragaria vesca
woodland strawberry

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Moist woods, stream banks and sandy meadows, low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Very strongly stoloniferous, herbaceous, scapose perennial, the stolons, petioles and peduncles greenish and pubescent, the scapes usually exceeding the leaves.


Leaves trifoliate, the petioles 5-10 cm. long; leaflets broadly elliptic to obovate-oblong, with coarse, rounded serrations most of the length, sub-sessile, bright yellow-green above and pale green below; terminal tooth of leaflets generally larger than adjacent teeth.


Inflorescence diffuse, 5-11 flowered; calyx saucer-shaped, silky, with 5 linear-elliptic bracteoles alternate with the 5 pointed lobes; petals 5, white to pinkish, 6-11 mm. long; stamens 20-25; pistils numerous.


Fruit an achene, 1/2 immersed in the hemispheric receptacle, which becomes enlarged up to 1 cm. broad, fleshy and red.

Accepted Name:
Fragaria vesca L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 494 (-495). 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Fragaria vesca in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Fragaria vesca checklist entry

OregonFlora: Fragaria vesca information

E-Flora BC: Fragaria vesca atlas page

CalPhotos: Fragaria vesca photos

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