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Fragaria vesca (Woodland strawberry)
Beckers, Eric

Fragaria vesca

Fragaria vesca L.

Woodland strawberry, California strawberry, Wood strawberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), CAN (N)

Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) has seed-like fruit on the surface, not embedded, and sepals that point backwards.

The Woodland Strawberry is a member of the rose family (family Rosaceae) which includes herbs, shrubs, and trees with mostly prickly stems. There are about 100 genera and 3,000 species in this worldwide family. Apples, pears, quinces, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, loquats, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are important fruits. Roses, Cotoneaster, Firethorn, Mountain Ash, Spirea, and Hawthorns are common ornamentals.


From the Image Gallery

7 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , CO , CT , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet


Use Food: Strawberries edible.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Fragaria vesca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fragaria vesca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fragaria vesca


Record Modified: 2015-08-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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