Fragaria virginiana, Wild Strawberry
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Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, is our native strawberry of sunnier, somewhat drier sites than our woodland strawberry, Fragaria vesca. The visual characteristics between the two may seem indistinct, yet each has its own habitat with a bit of crossover. Wild Strawberry is best for sunny to part sunny sites that are moderately dry. It may be due to its place in the sun that F. virginiana has the better tasting berries of the two species. Keep your eye on them as they will be found quickly by birds and rodents.
Disturbance tolerant, low-growing and producing stolons (runners), Wild Strawberry will cover ground over time with foliage that turns burgundy in autumn. Consider planting at the edge of a woodland or in a morning or afternoon-sun site with medium-dry soil tolerant taller plants like Columbine, Tall Thimbleweed, Calico Aster, Poke Milkweed and False Solomon's Seal. If you have a highly disturbed, open site, consider growing Wild Strawberry with Pennsylvania, Common Wood, Long-beaked or Plains Oval Sedge. If fruit collecting is your interest, plant in a monoculture, possibly a raised bed, with bird-netting for fruit protection.
Blooms: white, April into June
Height: 6 to 8 inches
Conditions: sun to pt shade, medium to medium-dry